Olympic National Park rangers kill aggressive goat

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Olympic National Park rangers killed a mountain goat that threatened campers by following them to their campsite and refusing to leave.

It was the second aggressive goat rangers have killed since a goat fatally gored a hiker last October.

Park spokesman Dave Reynolds told the Peninsula Daily News (http://bit.ly/oxgTwG ) a camper told rangers the adult male goat weighing nearly 300 pounds came within 5 feet of campers Saturday, lowering its head and moving back and forth.

More than 15 Labor Day weekend campers were told to leave the area in the Upper Royal Basin. Rangers then hazed the goat with paintballs for three days before deciding to shoot it Tuesday with a rifle.

Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula. They were introduced by hunters in the 1920s.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com