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GREAT FALLS - State wildlife officials have moved 15 mountain goats from the Crazy Mountains to augment a herd on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Choteau.

The move, earlier this month, was the second and final year that mountain goats will be moved to the Ear Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Last year, the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks released 10 goats in the same area. The population of mountain goats in the Crazy Mountains was higher than management objectives call for.

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Brad Lencioni, president of the Great Falls chapter of Safari Club International, said the chapter contributed $18,500 over the two years for the relocation.

The goats were moved in two groups: seven on Jan. 10 and eight on Jan. 15. The animals were 12 female nannies, two male billies and one male kid.

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