Welcome to JELLEN IN THE BLACK HILLS ~ My digital journal, where I highlight the natural wonders around me ~ the birds, beasts, botany, and beauty ~ in a National forest in SW South Dakota ~ and sometimes beyond.
Monday, January 11
A Mount and a Mountain Goat
Yesterday friend Jayne and I took a drive down to Mt. Rushmore. We're having a break in the weather; sunny and at least 40 F so it's get-out-of-the-house weather, while the gettin's good. I wanted to get the annual pass so I can go to the monument once in awhile to look for Mt. goats. They've been the one Black Hills critter blatantly missing from my photos (besides a few others)...I do have older photos but want to get some w/ the SLR camera. Anywho, as you can see, the prez's are still there...ol' George looks like he's got a gash on his forehead, but it's just melting snow, ha!
We did see a couple Mt. goats on the rocks below the monument, too far away to get really good photos, but you get the idea. Mountain goats are not native to the Black Hills. The population can be traced to six goats, a gift to Custer State Park by Canada in 1924, that escaped from their pens and found their home among the Black Hills granite peaks. There are now more than 200 mountain goats in the area.