JACKSON (AP) — Hunters have killed more mountain goats near Grand Teton National Park than expected.
Wildlife managers are allowing hunters to pursue mountain goats near the park this year in an effort to rid the area of the nonnative species.
Biologists warn the mountain goats could spread disease to native bighorn sheep.
Some 100-150 mountain goats inhabit the park and nearby areas. Forty-eight hunters won a lottery for licenses to kill goats in the area.
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Wyoming wildlife managers thought the hunters would take no more than 15 mountain goats over the two-and-a-half-month season. Hunters recently surpassed that number, with six weeks left to go.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports some hunters killed mountain goats only to see the animals fall off cliffs and out of reach.
Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press reported erroneously that mountain goat hunting took place in Grand Teton National Park. The hunting occurred near but not within the park.