Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52656

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Oreamnos
Genus species:Oreamnos americanus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.2-1.8 m
Identification:The undercoat of the mountain goat is thick and woolly, and the upper coat is longer. The horns are black, and the goat also has a spongy inner pad on its hoof for gripping rocks.
Habitat:Rocky mountains, above the tree line
Diet:Herbivore: lichens, mosses, woody plants, grasses, herbaceous plants
Reproduction:Mountain goats breed from November to January and are thought to be monogamous. Gestation lasts 150-180 days. One to three kids are born to each female.
During the summer, mountain goats are solitary. With the start of the rut and through the winter, they form small groups.
Behavior:When males are fighting over a female, they do not run at each other and butt heads. Rather, they stand side-by-side and stab each other's flanks.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:You can determine a mountain goat's age by counting its horn rings. Its main predator is the cougar.

Other Information

Geographic:Northwestern North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Mountain goat
even-toed ungulate
Oreamnos
Bovidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata