Skip to comments.Man killed by goat in Olympic National Park was experienced hiker(WA)
Posted on 10/18/2010 4:41:52 AM PDT by marktwain
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK -- Bob Boardman of Port Angeles, a devoted hiker, diabetes nurse and musician, was killed by a mountain goat on Klahhane Ridge on Saturday afternoon.
Boardman, 63, his wife, Susan Chadd, and their friend, Pat Willits, had gone for a day hike on the Switchback Trail to Klahhane Ridge, which is near Hurricane Ridge about 17 miles south of Port Angeles.
The three had stopped for lunch at an overlook when a goat appeared and moved toward them, said Jessica Baccus, who arrived on the scene at about 1:20 p.m.
Baccus, also out for a day hike with her husband and their children, saw Willits, her longtime friend, coming up the trail.
Willits told Baccus that when the goat had begun behaving aggressively, Boardman had urged her and Chadd to leave the scene.
Then Boardman, an experienced hiker, tried to carefully shoo the ram away.
Willits told Baccus that although Boardman tried also to leave, the goat attacked him, goring him in the thigh.
"Nobody saw what actually happened. They heard Bob yell," Baccus said.
The goat stayed, standing over Boardman, who lay on the ground bleeding.
Bill Baccus, a park ranger not on duty but familiar with mountain goat behavior, moved forward with a safety blanket and shook it at the goat, he said.
He also pelted it with rocks, and after what seemed like a long time, "it moved away, but it stayed close by," Jessica Baccus said.
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That’s quite an obituary: death by goat.
This is another example of unbalanced reporting. How experienced was the goat?
I've been to that area around Port Angeles...it is WILD. Sasquatch lives there. We are armed in case we meet him and he's having a bad hair day.
Freepers please note: shooing away an aggressive, horned, wild animal in a park may not be a good idea.
So his goat got him as opposed to him getting someone’s goat?
At being a goat? I would say very.
I’ve hiked Klahhane Ridge in the fall and a homocidal goat was the last thing on my mind. Walking off a cliff in the fog was.
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Beautiful area! The mountains seem to loom out of nowhere. When things like this happen in the fall it’s a sure sign it’s gonna be a long, cold winter. ; )
150 to 300 pounds that can run straight up a mountain . . . with horns.
When unarmed and faced with a large horned animal, cautious strategic retreat is a good plan.
Seriously though, most people don't realize that these critters in the woods are wild animals (even the prey species), and they WILL kill a human when threatened. Just because they're prey to predators doesn't mean they'll just lay down and die.
Right there's the problem. He forgot his "t".
Isn’t there a federal law that prohibits guests from carrying firearms in National Parks? Or did that get overturned?