Which is fair game, since I was watching him (or her) as he/she came out of the trees and stopped short on this rather sheer rock slope in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
The Rocky Mountain Goat is native only to North America, and usually thrives in the higher elevations of the western mountain ranges, where it’s ability to roam over seemingly impossible terrain keeps it fairly safe from predators.
This is from Wikipedia:
Both male and female mountain goats have beards, short tails, and long black horns, 15–28 cm in length, which contain yearly growth rings. They are protected from the elements by their woolly white double coats. The fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs. In spring, mountain goats moult by rubbing against rocks and trees, with the adult billies (males) shedding their extra wool first and the pregnant nannies (females) shedding last. In the winter, their coats help them to withstand temperatures as low as −50 °F (−46 °C) and winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h).
A billy stands about three feet (1 m) at the shoulder to the waist. Male goats also have longer horns and a longer beard than nannies. Mountain goats typically weigh between 100 and 300 lbs (45–136 kg); females are usually 10-30% lighter than males.
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June 27, 2011
FUJI S100FS camera. 1/350. F 5.2, ISO 400, 150 mm. multi-segment metering, hand-held.
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