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October 21, 2010

Man Killed by Mountain Goat While Hiking in Washington

By David Maccar

It’s no secret to anyone who spends time in the outdoors that mother nature, and her inhabitants, can turn on you at any time, causing potential injury or death. But how often do you think of a deadly threat coming from a mountain goat? And an aggressive one at that…

This story from the Los Angeles Times: tells how an experienced, 63-year-old hiker was killed in a mountain goat attack in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

A 63-year-old man described by authorities as an experienced hiker died from injuries he sustained during an encounter with an aggressive mountain goat Saturday in Washington's Olympic National Park. According to the Peninsula Daily News, Bob Boardman, of Port Angeles, Wash., was on a day hike with his wife, Susan Chadd, and their friend Pat Willits and had stopped for lunch at an overlook when a mountain goat appeared and moved toward them. When the goat began behaving aggressively, Boardman urged Chadd and Willits to leave the scene.

Bill and Jessica Baccus, also out for a day hike with their children, saw Willits, a longtime friend of Jessica's, coming up the trail.

"Nobody saw what actually happened," Jessica was quoted as saying in the Peninsula Daily News. "They heard Bob yell." BREAK

When the group returned to the scene, they saw the goat standing over Boardman, who lay on the ground bleeding. Bill, an off-duty park ranger, was able to get the goat to move away by waving a blanket at it and pelting it with rocks, although the animal stayed nearby. The Coast Guard was called while Jessica began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Boardman.

When the Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene, Boardman had no pulse, according to Lt. Commander Scott Sanborn, though the crew continued to administer CPR. Boardman was airlifted to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where further efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

After the helicopter departed the ridge, rangers were able to locate the ram, identified by the blood on it, and shoot and kill the animal, park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said.

Does this story illustrate how you must be prepared for anything, even when the outdoor activity you’re engaged in is as seemingly benign as hiking in a national park? Or is this one of those rare incidents that couldn’t have been foreseen or prevented?

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

This is definately a rare incident but someone should have had a gun. Many tragedies occur from rare indidents that could have been avoided if just someone had a firearm.

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from Hank111 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Unless he had a gun himself, anyone else would have been to late. This has to be expected in parks with no hunting and the animals lose their fear.

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from VinceRocks1111 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Yeah because everybody takes hikes with firearms...

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from Bella wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Shucks, I've had domestic billygoats that were aggressive and needed to make the transformation into cabrito. A wild goat would be that much more dangerous and a mountain goat's horns are like needles. A domestic goat may hook you with his horns or batter you with 'em, but they ain't sharp! Too bad for the hiker, my sympathy for his kin, but every walk in nature has the potential to separate your soul from your body, 'cause life is 100% mortal. By the way pepper spray is looked upon by goats as a condiment and they ain't gonna bite you anyway.
Still you shoot a mountain goat with a handgun in a national park for getting aggressive, you better have witnesses to the goats bad behavior.

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from edgar.jesus.alfaro wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

someone needs to investigate his wife and friend. This sounds suspiciouis as hell!

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from scorp wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Give me a break.Three people couldn't ward off one goat.Sounds suspicious to me.

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from scorp wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Give me a break.Three people couldn't ward off one goat.If so then the goat derves the win.

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from spartan88 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry for the family and friends of this man.

An interesting side note.....

I believe goats were introduced by scientists to Olympic National Park. Since then they have exploded in population and are destroying native plants. Sounds like it needs to be time to allow hunters to take care of the goats.

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Mean goat.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Its a tragedy but it could have been avoided. One should always be perpaired and at least carry some sort of defense weather a pistol, pepper spray or even a knife.

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from jackpine wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Seems to me this fellow gave his life to save his wife and friend. I have and continue to enjoy the wildest of country. The fact that I am not safe at the zoo adds to the feeling of freedom and enjoyment of the outdoors. Things can happen quickly no matter how prepared you are. This man did the best he could and saved lives in his passing.

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

This is definately a rare incident but someone should have had a gun. Many tragedies occur from rare indidents that could have been avoided if just someone had a firearm.

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from Bella wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Shucks, I've had domestic billygoats that were aggressive and needed to make the transformation into cabrito. A wild goat would be that much more dangerous and a mountain goat's horns are like needles. A domestic goat may hook you with his horns or batter you with 'em, but they ain't sharp! Too bad for the hiker, my sympathy for his kin, but every walk in nature has the potential to separate your soul from your body, 'cause life is 100% mortal. By the way pepper spray is looked upon by goats as a condiment and they ain't gonna bite you anyway.
Still you shoot a mountain goat with a handgun in a national park for getting aggressive, you better have witnesses to the goats bad behavior.

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from Hank111 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Unless he had a gun himself, anyone else would have been to late. This has to be expected in parks with no hunting and the animals lose their fear.

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from VinceRocks1111 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Yeah because everybody takes hikes with firearms...

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from spartan88 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I am deeply sorry for the family and friends of this man.

An interesting side note.....

I believe goats were introduced by scientists to Olympic National Park. Since then they have exploded in population and are destroying native plants. Sounds like it needs to be time to allow hunters to take care of the goats.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Mean goat.

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from jaredrobbins wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Its a tragedy but it could have been avoided. One should always be perpaired and at least carry some sort of defense weather a pistol, pepper spray or even a knife.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jackpine wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Seems to me this fellow gave his life to save his wife and friend. I have and continue to enjoy the wildest of country. The fact that I am not safe at the zoo adds to the feeling of freedom and enjoyment of the outdoors. Things can happen quickly no matter how prepared you are. This man did the best he could and saved lives in his passing.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from scorp wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Give me a break.Three people couldn't ward off one goat.If so then the goat derves the win.

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from scorp wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Give me a break.Three people couldn't ward off one goat.Sounds suspicious to me.

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from edgar.jesus.alfaro wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

someone needs to investigate his wife and friend. This sounds suspiciouis as hell!

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