mountain goat


Definition of mountain goat

: a ruminant mammal (Oreamnos americanus) of mountainous northwestern North America that has a thick yellowish-white coat and slightly curved horns and resembles a goat

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Recent Examples on the Web The mountain goat is considered native to the high-elevation areas of the Northern Rockies and Northern Cascades as far south as central Idaho. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?," 23 Aug. 2020 Last year, the Wildlife Board updated Utah’s statewide mountain goat plan, which calls for establishing herds in the Deep Creek, Bear River and nearly every other range that can support goats that doesn’t already have them. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?," 23 Aug. 2020 In Llandudno, Wales, several mountain goats were spotted roaming the streets on March 31. Fox News, "Wild animals have taken over the streets in major cities because of the coronavirus pandemic," 5 Apr. 2020 The presence of ibex, a species of mountain goat, bodes well for a snow leopard sighting. Washington Post, "How a lifelong obsession with snow leopards led me to northern India," 10 Jan. 2020 For your best chance of spotting wildlife like mountain goats and bighorn sheep, try the Highline Trail. Aaron Brandel, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Hike in Glacier National Park," 10 Apr. 2020 In the coastal Welsh town of Llandudno, a herd of mountain goats stomped through the streets, munching on vegetation and climbing walls. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The real reason we’re seeing more wildlife during the pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 The streets of Llandudno are usually filled with tourists and locals but instead saw a herd of mountain goats roam freely on Tuesday. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A group of goats took over a UK town on coronavirus lockdown and the photos are incredible," 31 Mar. 2020 The Park Service seeks to eradicate about 100 nonnative mountain goats for the benefit of about 100 native bighorn sheep, saying the goats compete with the sheep for food and habitat and can spread diseases including pneumonia to the native animals. Time, "Grand Teton Officials Stop Shooting Mountain Goats From Helicopter After Angry Letter From Governor," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of mountain goat

1833, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2020

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“Mountain goat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain goat

: an animal that has horns and a thick white coat and that lives in the mountains of western North America

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Kids Definition of mountain goat

: a goatlike animal of the mountains of western North America with a thick white coat and slightly curved black horns

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