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Sunday
Oct172010

Mountain Goat Suspected in Death of Washington Hiker

Photo Courtesy - Peninsula Daily News of Port Angeles, Wash.(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) -- A 63-year-old man has died after an attack from what state rangers believe was an angry mountain goat in Olympic National Park.

Park services officials said that Robert H. Boardman, of Port Angeles, Washington, was gored while hiking close to the park's Klahhane Ridge. He was transported by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to the hospital, where he later died.

It is unclear what sort of injuries Boardman suffered from the attack, but early investigations indicate that it was his encounter with a mountain goat that led to his injuries. Rangers have now tracked down and killed the animal, which will be analyzed by a veterinary pathologist.

Officials said this is the only known fatal attack by a mountain goat in the park's history, and that there are roughly 3000 mountain goats in the park.

Family and friends told ABC News that Boardman was an experienced hiker, a diabetes nurse and a musician who loved the Olympic Mountains.

Barb Maynes, a spokeswoman for the park, said the ram involved in the attack was known for its aggressive behavior, and the park had been monitoring the ram for "the last several years," she said.

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