Mount Rainier and Mountain Goats

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Mount Rainier and Mountain Goats

This weekend my wife and I visited the “Sunrise” area of Mount Rainier National Park. That was our first visit to that particular area of the park and we were not disappointed. The weather was great and the scenery was stunning. We did some hiking and enjoyed the wonderful outdoor experience just a short drive from our home. It was a nice and enjoyable trip to take so soon after getting home.

The park is home to all sorts of wildlife including black tailed deer, mule deer, black bear, elk, mountain lion, and mountain goats. We had the good fortune to view a group of mountain goats on the other side of a giant gorge on our return hike. This was the first time I’ve ever seen a mountain goat in the wild and I now now understand why they are so difficult to hunt. Using my binoculars or my new Leupold SX-1 Ventana spotting scope (read the review here), picking them out was easy. However, they were extremely difficult to see without optics. I have a great deal of respect for hunters who can identify them with the naked eye.
In the photo below are four mountain goats we saw. How many can you spot?

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