Nothing in the Yellowstone ecosystem gets my heart pumping harder than a mountain goat sighting. As a product of the suburbs of Chicago I could only dream of seeing these majestic creatures in their natural environment. Every sighting is special.
While the National Park Service reports there to be 200-300 mountain goats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem they aren’t a native species.
“Descendants of mountain goats introduced in the Absaroka and Madison mountain ranges during the 1940s and 1950s established a population in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s. They have reached a relatively high abundance in the northeastern and northwestern portions o father park. Investigations of paleontological, archeological, and historical records have not found evidence that the mountain goat is native to greater Yellowstone.” National Park Service, 2021. Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook: 207.
I usually find mountain goats in the northeast corner of Yellowstone, just south of Mammoth Hot Springs and in Beartooth Pass.