Black Hills Mountain Goat
Mountain goats are the largest mammals found in high-altitude habitats, often exceeding elevations of 13,000 feet. They’re well-suited for climbing steep slopes and can jump nearly 12 feet in a single bound. Located throughout the Rocky Mountains and Cascade Mountains as far north as southcentral Alaska, they are herbivores and the fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs. Their coats help them withstand winter temperatures as low as −50 °F and winds of up to 99 mph. Mountain lions are their primary predators and they typically live 12-15 years in the wild.