Mountain Goats are found in the high mountain ranges of western Montana. This trophy is also called the Rocky Mountain goat, but that is a poor name because the bulk of its population is found west of the Rocky Mountains.
The name “mountain goat” is also misleading because, biologically, it is not a true goat. The Rocky Mountain Goat is a member of the Rupicaprini tribe – the goat-antelopes – whose members are more primitive than true goats. Some believe the American mountain goat originated in Asia and migrated to North America over the Bering land bridge about 600,000 years ago.
A mature male goat will weigh up to 300 pounds, but the average weight will be near 250. They have humped shoulders and a long, narrow head. The shaggy coat is white or yellowish-white in color, with long underwool, and longer guard hairs that form a stiff mane on the neck and rump. The legs are long and heavy, and the large hoofs have rubbery pads in the center for sure footing on rock. Black scent glands are located behind the horns in both sexes and both sexes have a beard. Both males and females grow short, sharp, black horns. The horns of the female are slimmer, straighter, and less divergent at the tips than those of the male, and can be longer as well.
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