HOODSPORT, Wash. - Olympic National Forest has closed a trail near Hoodsport for two weeks because of aggressive mountain goats.
The forest said there were several encounters this week with aggressive goats on the Mount Ellinor Trail, 18 miles northwest of Hoodsport
The trail will be monitored, but there are no plans now to kill the goats.
Wildlife biologist Kurt Aluzas said the goats may be on the trails because of this year's deep snowpack. Goats are also drawn to hiking trails seeking salt. Or nanny goats may be aggressive protecting their young.
In October 2010 an aggressive goat killed a Port Angeles man in Olympic National Park. That goat was killed by a ranger.