Mountain goats

(Courtesy photo)

EVERETT — On Aug. 28 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, will begin a third round of translocating mountain goats from the Olympic mountains of the Olympic National Park to the Northern Cascades in the Snoqualmie Ranger District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

This effort is part of an initiative to meet wildlife management goals in both areas. To maximize success, goats are brought directly to alpine habitats that have been selected for the appropriate habitat characteristics. To access these areas, goats are airlifted inside crates by helicopter.

The main site of operations will be the Alpental parking lot at Snoqualmie Pass, near where the goat release will take place.

Media will be accommodated as much as practically possible to witness and report on this event.