Due to their inaccessible habitat, these goats have been less affected by human activity than any other large North American animal.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Mountain goats are known for their speed and agility in steep terrain. They can climb over 450 vertical metres (1,500 vertical feet) in only 20 minutes.

Important Facts

Careful climbers

Rocky Mountain goats can reach heights that most humans can only dream of. Their feet are built for climbing – two toes on each foot spread wide to improve their balance and rough pads on the bottom of each toe offer a great grip.

Dressed for the weather

These goats have beards and long, warm coats that offer the perfect protection from cold temperatures and biting winds. Their white coats also help them hide in the snow.

Nimble nannies

Female Rocky Mountain goats, called nannies, spend much of the year in herds with their young, called kids. Males, known as billies, usually live alone or with a couple of other males. Nannies usually give birth to a single kid in the spring, although sometimes they have twins. Kids are up on their feet within minutes of birth.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Oreamnos americanus


57 – 69 kg (124 – 152 lb)


Conservation Status

Least Concern


Mountain ranges of Candada and the United States


Herbivore. Rocky Mountain goats change their diet depending on the season, but generally they eat plants, mosses, lichens and other vegetation. They get most of their water from their food and by eating snow.