Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep
Wed 21 Aug 2019 19:14
One of the great pleasures of Glacier NP is watching the wildlife,
where the animals seem so perfectly adapted to their environment and
the mountain goats typify this. The Ptarmigan Tunnel walk at Many
Glacier is one of the best, but the switchbacks are a little breath
taking (literally). We had walked through the tunnel having been
told by one lady to look on the left for claw marks of a grizzly
apparently none too happy to find the tunnel locked up for winter.
The other side of the pass was very cold and had a good glacier, but
best of all, a herd of mountain goats, seemingly able to walk on
vertical cliff faces. Two kids followed their mother, easily jumping
3x their own height. The herd then walked over the pass and then on
down to the lower meadows. The goats look slow, but they are much
faster than us. Of course, we mere humans are unable to walk over
the pass, we have to use the tunnel. A fabulous wildlife spectacle
of dizzying heights and stunning mountain climbing.
The bighorn sheep mainly hang out at Logan Pass, off the Road to the Rising Sun.