Rocky Mountain Goat - Mount Evans, Colorado


Rocky Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Location:  Mount Evans, Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA

This Rocky Mountain Goat probably is a male.  The two sexes of this species look very similar, but the males may have somewhat longer horns than the females, and males are most likely to appear alone rather than in small family groups.  We saw this solitary goat surveying the tundra at an elevation of about 12,000 feet, on Mount Evans, Colorado.

Mount Evans, not far from Denver, is one of Colorado's many "fourteeners" -- i..e. mountains whose summits rise to an elevation of more than 14,000 feet above sea level.  The height of the Mount Evans summit is 14,265 feet (4,348 meters).

1 comment:

Becky and Gary said...

Wow! What a magnificent animal, and what a perfect picture!
B.