The Scotchman Peaks mountain goats are iconic. They’re also best admired from a distance — if you want to keep Scotchman Peaks open for everyone.
Goats are curious critters, and when the become too familiar with humans, that spells trouble for both humans and goats. Problem is, they only become habituated to humans if hikers let them. That happens when hikers feed them, pose for photos with them or let them lick the salty sweat from their skin.But when goats are habituated to humans, they can become aggressive, leading to hiker injuries and even death.
That’s where the Trail Ambassadors come in. These volunteers hit the trails to make sure hikers know they need to keep their distance from the wildlife. It’s a great reason to get out for a hike while performing an important conservation service.
Remember, injuries and accidents can lead to trails being shut down, so don’t let that happen in our wild backyard.
First time as an Ambassador?
We have a short training video for you!