Watch Goats Get Airlifted Off a Mountain


There are about 2000 mountain goats in Idaho today, a number that has grown from just six, when the animal was first introduced to the state in the late '60s. When it starts to get a little crowded on one of the mountains, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is tasked with spreading the population onto other mountains. The best way to transport these unwilling passengers? Airlift them right off the mountain, according to the video by National Geographic above.

The team catches the goats using net guns. (They choose not to use tranquilizers because it takes five minutes for them to kick in, giving the animal time to hide or get injured.) From there, they hobble and blindfold the animals before strapping them onto a helicopter. After a quick medical exam, the goats are then freed onto their new mountain home. The process is necessary for the ecosystem.

And goats aren't the only animals forced into sudden air travel. In the '40s, Idaho Fish and Game transported 76 beavers by air-dropping them with tiny parachutes