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Originally published July 5, 2012 at 4:48 AM | Page modified July 5, 2012 at 9:29 AM

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Aggressive goats force closure of Olympic Peninsula trail

Olympic National Forest has closed a trail near Hoodsport for two weeks because of aggressive mountain goats.

The Associated Press

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HOODSPORT, Wash. —

Olympic National Forest has closed a trail near Hoodsport for two weeks because of aggressive mountain goats.

The forest says there were several encounters this week with aggressive goats on the Mount Ellinor Trail, 18 miles northwest of Hoodsport.

The trail will be monitored, but there are no plans now to kill the goats.

Wildlife biologist Kurt Aluzas says the goats may be on the trails because of this year's deep snowpack. Goats are also drawn to hiking trails seeking salt. Or nanny goats may be aggressive protecting their young.

In October 2010 an aggressive goat killed a Port Angeles man in Olympic National Park. That goat was killed by a ranger.

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