Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mountain Goat Mortality Rates

The mortality rate of mountain goats is rather high.

It is a struggle for mountain goats to survive in such high alpine regions, resulting in an average 60-70 percent mortality rate within the first year of life.  By the second year the rate drops to 50 percent.  Avalanches, falls, predators, parasites and stressful winter conditions are the main causes of death in mountain goats.

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