Saturday, September 7, 2013

Wild caprids

A "caprid" is a goat-antelope, a subfamily of bovids which includes mountain goats and bighorn sheep. We saw a few of these at Logan Pass which is at the top of the "Going to the Sun Road" in Glacier NP. 

The bighorn sheep came right into the parking lot. We spotted them and I snapped this photo just when they climbed onto some rocks - a lucky shot with Reynolds Mountain the background. 

The mountain goats were right next to the trail that we took to Hidden Lake. A mother and her kid even walked up the trail toward us and then diverted around us. 

Mom and Kid
A goat going around us on the trail
We really enjoyed getting close to these wild animals, but we may have been too close to the bighorns. We heard later from a ranger that they can ram you if they feel cornered, and even have been known to kill! We survived. 

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