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Aggressive goats close Idaho hiking trail

Forest Services says people have been hand feeding the animals

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CLARK FORK, Idaho – The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed an Idaho hiking trail because of aggressive mountain goats, The Associated Press reported.

According to the Forest Services, the animals' aggressive behavior is due to trail visitors hand feeding the goats.


The Scotchman Peak Trail was closed on Friday, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman Jason Kirchner said the closure is meant to allow time for the goats to find other sources of food and make them less likely to approach humans.

The Forest Service told the AP that a hiker required stitches after he was bitten by a goat. There have been other reports of goats trying to head-butt hikers.