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]( According to, 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?