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Ross Fletcher Hill PNW Conservation Problem Dr. Josh Tewksbury March 12, 2009 If someone decides to plan a trip into the wilderness of the Olympic National Park, they  are sure to find themselves on a computer looking up what the Park has to offer and most likely  they will run across a statement that “Olympic is fragile. But if we care for Olympic, we can  preserve its wildness and grandeur for future generations.” This of course is intended to educate  people on the immense harm a few careless actions can have on the future of this land.  But  what about those goats trampling, wallowing, and eating the vegetation, their place in the  ecosystem is balanced right? Unfortunately not, although they appear to have a place within the landscape, they are  non-native to the Olympic peninsula and were introduced in 1925 by sport hunting enthusiasts.  In 1938 the Olympic National Park was established and thus the population of goats grew  rapidly without the presence of any natural predators. By the 1960’s visible damage caused by  the goats was becoming noticeable and survey studies began and continued through the  1970’s. The data gathered by these surveys gave way towards an attempt in 1981 to manage  the population in hopes of slowing down the resource damage being done. After about 300  goats had been successfully removed from the park and numerous other studies had been  conducted on the population, a decision was made by the Park Service in 1987 to “live-capture  all goats from the core of the park and employ control measures for those remaining goats 
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around the periphery of the park.” (Olympic Park Associates) The program was later stopped in  1990 when the mortality rate of the goats had risen substantially and thought to be no longer 
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