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Hiker Killed By Mountain Goat

Postby Todd » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:20 pm

Man killed by goat in Olympic National Park was experienced hiker

By Diane Urbani de la Paz and Tom Callis
Peninsula Daily News

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK -- Bob Boardman of Port Angeles, a devoted hiker, diabetes nurse and musician, was killed by a mountain goat on Klahhane Ridge on Saturday afternoon.

Boardman, 63, his wife, Susan Chadd, and their friend, Pat Willits, had gone for a day hike on the Switchback Trail to Klahhane Ridge, which is near Hurricane Ridge about 17 miles south of Port Angeles.

The three had stopped for lunch at an overlook when a goat appeared and moved toward them, said Jessica Baccus, who arrived on the scene at about 1:20 p.m.

Baccus, also out for a day hike with her husband and their children, saw Willits, her longtime friend, coming up the trail.

Willits told Baccus that when the goat had begun behaving aggressively, Boardman had urged her and Chadd to leave the scene.

Then Boardman, an experienced hiker, tried to carefully shoo the ram away.

Willits told Baccus that although Boardman tried also to leave, the goat attacked him, goring him in the thigh.

"Nobody saw what actually happened. They heard Bob yell," Baccus said.

The goat stayed, standing over Boardman, who lay on the ground bleeding.

Bill Baccus, a park ranger not on duty but familiar with mountain goat behavior, moved forward with a safety blanket and shook it at the goat, he said.

He also pelted it with rocks, and after what seemed like a long time, "it moved away, but it stayed close by," Jessica Baccus said.

At 1:23 p.m., park rangers called the Coast Guard, while Jessica Baccus began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Boardman.

At the same time, her husband sought to keep the goat from coming closer again, and kept other hikers away.

After receiving the call, a four-person Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles that had been headed for Neah Bay turned around, returned to Port Angeles to pick up a litter in which to lift Boardman, and made it to Klahhane Ridge at 1:51 p.m., Lt. Commander Scott Sanborn said.

An emergency medical technician was lowered to administer electric shock in an attempt to revive Boardman.

He had no pulse, Sanborn said, and was lifted into the helicopter. The crew restarted CPR while in the air.

Boardman arrived at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles at 2:47 p.m., where further efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, OMC nursing supervisor Pattijo Hoskins said.

After the helicopter departed the ridge, park rangers were able to shoot and kill the ram at about 3:15 p.m., park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said.

Some 300 mountain goats live in Olympic National Park. Warnings about their aggressiveness have been issued, but Maynes said she knows of no other incident like the one that occurred Saturday.

With the helicopter gone, Bill Baccus took his children back home while Jessica and Willits walked Boardman's wife, Susan, down the Switchback Trail, and then drove her to the hospital.

The couple married last December after many years together. They have taken countless hikes, from Olympic National Park to the Dolomites of Italy.

Boardman, in addition to serving as a diabetes educator at OMC, worked for many years as a nurse with the North Olympic Peninsula's Native American communities, including the Makah and Lower Elwha Klallam tribes.

He was a guitarist and mandolin player with the Black Diamond Fiddle Club, and helped organize the monthly community dances at the Black Diamond Hall south of Port Angeles.

He was also a writer who worked for a time at The Leader in Port Townsend.

A skilled woodworker, he transformed the home where he and Susan lived near Little River.

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Park rangers knew goat was aggressive

Postby Todd » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:26 pm

Park rangers knew goat was aggressive

The mountain goat that killed a 63-year-old Port Angeles man Saturday was no stranger to Olympic National Park rangers.

Barb Maynes, park spokeswoman, said the ram was known for its aggressive behavior, including reports of it following people along the trails around Klahhane Ridge.

The park had been monitoring the ram for "the last several years," she said.

Bob Boardman, who died after the animal gored him in the leg, was the first person that the park knows of being attacked by the ram or any of the park's other goats, which number about 300.

Maynes said the park had tried hazing the ram -- by shooting it with bean bags, throwing rocks and other means to induce it to be frightened of people -- but stopped short of any plans to kill it.

"We had no reports of any kind of incidents escalating above the point that would warrant [killing the ram]," Maynes said.

An animal would be killed, she said, if it had made "physical contact" with someone.

Rangers shot and killed the ram, which was about eight or nine years old, about an hour after Saturday's attack.

They identified the animal after seeing blood on it, Maynes said.

She said the park had focused on educating trail users about the aggressive ram by posting warnings at trailheads and providing flyers at park buildings.

The signs will remain, Maynes said, since it's possible that other goats have shown aggressive behavior.

The park recommends staying 100 feet from all wildlife.

Maynes said the park takes the attack "extremely seriously" and will review how it handled the goat's behavior.

But she said it's too early to tell if more should have been done.

"It's way too early to talk about anything like that," she said. "We just need to learn everything we can about what happened today."
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Postby Todd » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:55 am

Olympic National Park (WA)
Investigation Continues Into Fatal Goring Of Hiker

The park is continuing foot patrols on and near Klahhane Ridge following Saturday's incident in which a 63-year-old hiker died after sustaining injuries from a mountain goat. Rangers and wildlife biologists will be walking the Switchback Trail and Klahhane Ridge area daily through the fall, closely observing other goats for any signs of aggression towards people. Throughout the summer, rangers patrolled the Klahhane Ridge area four to five times each week. During these patrols, they monitored goat behavior and talked with hikers about their observations of goat behavior. Klahhane Ridge is about 17 miles south of Port Angeles and is a popular hiking destination. It is also home to approximately eight mountain goats, some of which are quite accustomed to seeing people.
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Postby chief joe » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:23 pm

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Postby Todd » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:02 am

Man recounts goring by goat in 1999

By ROB OLLIKAINEN
PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- When Mike Stoican got word of Saturday's deadly mountain goat attack on Klahhane Ridge, the 53-year-old Allyn man said he realized how lucky he is to be alive.

Stoican was near the summit of 5,944-foot Mount Ellinor in the Olympic National Forest when he was gored by a large mountain goat in 1999, he said.

His account of the encounter was similar to the one that killed Robert Boardman, 63, of Port Angeles, along the Switchback Trail about 17 miles south of Port Angeles.

"The doctor said I was very lucky," said Stoican, who said he was cut in the thigh by a mountain goat's horns minutes after he left a group of friends on the top of Mount Ellinor.

"It missed the femoral artery by about an inch."

Boardman, a registered nurse, community musician and avid hiker, was gored in the thigh by the horns of a nearly 300-pound male mountain goat.

Fellow hikers said the mountain goat stood over Boardman as he lay bleeding on the ground, staring at the people who were trying to help.

Witnesses said Boardman died a hero because he put himself between the charging mountain goat and other hikers.

Olympic National Forest officials said they have a record of Stoican's encounter.

Stoican said Boardman's death gave him new perspective.

"It made me step back and think about it a little more," Stoican said Thursday.

"I have kids in high school. I could easily not have been around for them."

Stoican said he was putting on his ski pants when the mountain goat charged.

It knocked him back and opened a 4-inch deep wound in his upper right leg.

Instinctively, Stoican swung at the buck with an ice ax. He missed but scared away the animal by yelling at it.

Hearing the shouts, Stoican said his three friends came to his aid and helped him cover the wound with bandages and duct tape.

They had encountered the same mountain goat shortly before the attack.

"We were eating lunch on the top," Stoican said.

"While we were eating lunch, a big male goat came up to us. I've never seen a real aggressive goat like this.

"He was licking us and our packs and getting in our food and everything. Eventually, he just left.

"Usually, you move and they kind of move back. This one was in your face."

Stoican had to leave the summit before his friends. He said the mountain goat waited until he was alone.

"It was odd because it was similar to what happened to the guy in Port Angeles," Stoican said.

"That's exactly what happened to me. His mission was to hit me. He wasn't going to be stopped."

As he was changing into ski pants for the descent, the mountain goat jumped from a rock about 15 feet away.

"He drilled me right in the upper thigh," Stoican said.

"It was the last thing that I expected. Fortunately, it turned its head."

Saturday's incident was the first fatal animal attack in the national park, which was established in 1938.

"There was a record of a cougar attack in the Elwha Valley, but the cougar was never found," Maynes said.

Bears became a nuisance in parts of the Elwha Valley about 10 years ago, but the park has no record of a bear attack.

"There was period in 1999 and 2000 when there was kind of a rash of bears getting into human food in the Elwha Valley," Maynes said.

The park closed two sections of the Elwha trail to overnight backpacking to get the bears out of the habit of stealing food, Maynes said.

Around the same time, a bear was reported to be threatening people at Sol Duc campground.

"It was relocated, but it came back, and it was lethally removed," Maynes said.

Stoican has been hiking in the Olympic Mountains since he was a boy and has never heard of anyone else getting gored by a mountain goat.

He said he noticed a change in their behavior about 15 years ago. He thinks they have become less timid around humans because they are being fed.

"It used to be they wouldn't come close to you," he said.

"They look cute and cuddly, and it's easy to throw food at them, but people need to not do that.

"They're way too comfortable with people."

Last year, Stoican said, a mother mountain goat and two youngsters followed him and his daughters nearly a quarter of a mile down a trail.

"In spite of what they look like, they are not your backyard domestic goat," Stoican said.

"They are five times the size, if not 10 times the size. Obviously, they can be just as dangerous as anything else."

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Postby Todd » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:19 pm

Olympic National Park (WA)
Investigation Into Fatal Goat Goring Continues

The preliminary investigation of the October 16th fatal mountain goat goring near Klahhane Ridge has concluded and the findings were consistent with initial accounts of the incident. Witnesses and others in the area at the time describe an aggressive male mountain goat that approached, followed and fatally gored Robert Boardman while he was hiking. Following the fatal encounter, the goat stood over Boardman until several visitors, including an off-duty National Park Service employee, succeeded in scaring off the goat. First aid and CPR were administered at the scene and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter transported Boardman to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where he was pronounced dead. Following the incident, the goat was positively identified by park rangers and destroyed. A necropsy and comprehensive tissue analysis were conducted on the goat and preliminary results have been released. A wide range of tests, including the initial visual examination during necropsy, followed by microscopic study of the major organs and a battery of diagnostic tests, have not revealed any signs of disease or other physical abnormalities. The goat is estimated to have weighed over 350 pounds. Tests for rabies virus, encephalitis virus, plague and tularemia revealed no evidence of those diseases. Salt concentrations in the animal
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