Goats in Washington's Olympic National Park Airlifted to Forest to Protect Population

Playing Mountain Goats Take Helicopter Ride From Olympic National Park to New Home

Officials in Washington state have begun relocating the mountain goats who roam across Olympic National Park by airlifting them out of the area

The state officials began the process of removing the goats this week after plans were drawn up in June to relocate the goats into national forests in the North Cascades, their natural habitat.

The process is designed to protect natural resources, bolster the native goat population in the North Cascades and reduce threats to visitor safety, according to The Associated Press.

The officials estimate that 375 goats will be relocated during the venture. The park estimates that between 275 and 325 goats that can't be caught will eventually be killed.

Teams used tranquilizer darts to capture the animals before they are blindfolded, placed in slings and attached to a helicopter. After landing, they are looked at by vets, tagged and released into the wild.

The process is part of a year-long effort to rid the park of the animals. 

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