June 5, 2016 7:39 pm
Updated: June 5, 2016 8:41 pm

Up in the air: Alberta to hire aircraft to assess mountain goats

A mountain goat climbs the rocky cliffs above Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

(CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward)

The Alberta government is taking to the skies to check on mountain goat populations.

The Department of Environment and Parks recently released a request for proposals for a vendor to complete an aerial mountain goat population inventory.

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The proposal said the survey is a prerequisite for hunting and will provide an estimate on the sex and age ratios to assess the status of the population. The survey will also help understand the management risk associated with the allocation of hunting licenses.

“Mountain goats inhabit mountainous regions and are often difficult to survey,” the proposal reads.

The project will take place in the Willmore Wilderness Area and vendors are required to have an experienced pilot and suitable aircraft, which will depart from the airport in Grand Cache.

The survey will include low level flying, tracking and circling on mountain goats to assess age, total number of individuals and take photos.

The province will provide the fuel as well as fuel landing locations and will also provide observers to prepare flight plans, navigate during the flight and to record observations.

The work will take place from June 20 to August 1.

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