MOUNTAIN GOAT (Oreamnos americanus)
Photographed in late July, at 10,800 ft. elevation, south of Granite Peak and the Sky Top Lakes and miles from the nearest road or trail. This was the dominant male of a herd of about fifteen. Members of the antelope family, rather than true goats, their closest biological relative is the European chamois. The species is unique to North America. Unlike bighorn sheep, which winter in the lower valleys, these hardy animals dwell at these heights throughout the year. No large mammal on earth lives at higher elevations.
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