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Oct.
1st

Mount Ellinor Trail reopens today, but hikers should be wary of aggressive mountain goats

Mount Ellinor Trail in Olympic National Forest’s reopened, ending a formal closure put in place three months ago when several hiking parties reported being harassed by insistent mountain goats.

The animals had gotten very close to the hikers and then failed to retreat when attempts were made to chase them away.

The mountain goats at Mount Ellinor and other locations in the Olympic Mountains have grown habituated to people, losing their fear of human beings. The animals, though wild, have grown used to people feeding them and supplying salts and minerals from sweat or urine, said a news release from

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