Mountain goat viewing day is Feb. 22 in Duchesne County

Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 2:42 p.m. MST

Mountain goats will be the stars of a new viewing event at Rock Creek. The event happens Feb. 22.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Duchesne County — When the snow gets deep in the winter, mountain goats along the south slope of the Uinta Mountains move down onto ridges that are exposed to the sun. The southern sun and steep terrain provide a great wintering area for the goats, and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will host a Mountain Goat Watch on Rock Creek. The area is northwest of Mountain Home in northeastern Utah.

The free event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Randall Thacker, DWR biologist, says from Rock Creek Road, viewers can usually see mountain goats that winter in the canyon. "Keeping the road open to the Stillwater Dam creates a unique viewing opportunity," he says.

The mountain goats move around, so biologists will have to wait until the day of the event to determine the exact viewing sites. To find the viewing sites, simply drive slowly up Rock Creek Road until biologists are visible. A site with displays and information about mountain goats will also be available.

You can reach the Vernal office at 435-781-9453.

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