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Watching Goats Get Airlifted Is the Best Way to End Your Day

Airlifting wild animals is a time-honored tradition in the state of Idaho, where beavers were parachuting around in wooden boxes long before I was born. Nowadays, it’s mountain goats, which are possibly even worse suited for air travel.

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Since six individual goats were released in the 1960s, the number of mountain goats in the state of Idaho has swelled to over 2,000. When a group gets too large, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources steps in to capture and relocate some of the herd. It’s a slightly traumatizing experience that involves net guns, tranquilizers, and blindfolds. But at the end of the day, these goats are doing their country a great service, and their descendants will be better off for it. Plus, what a story to tell your kids.

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annaleenewitz
Annalee Newitz

This truly is the greatest goat relocation video ever made.