It tends to be a little breezy at 14,000 feet, so it’s a good thing that mountain goats have such thick, protective coats.
This nanny was peeking around a pile of rocks before heading down to join the rest of the nanny group, and caught a blast of frigid wind. It’s summer, and her coat is in the process of shedding, and in the process, looks really ratty at this point.
To get rid of their excess coat, they rub against rocks, scratch at it with their horns, or just let the wind blast of chunks of hair flapping in the breeze. I’m sometimes tempted to grab a handful as they pass by, but I don’t think my efforts would be appreciated.
Males only associate with females during mating season; other times, nannies (female goats), yearlings, and new kids all hang out together. I’d only seen one newborn this year until a huge nanny group arrive close to the summit of Mt Evans – there were 14 (count ’em, 14) new kids, and a dozen nannies and yearlings – quite the scene!
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO
Feisol tripod, Jobu gimbal
ISO160, 1/1000sec, f/5.6, 400mm
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