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1. A domesticated ruminant mammal (Capra hircus) having backward curving horns and a beard especially in the male, raised for its wool, milk, and meat.
2. Any of various wild ruminant mammals of the genus Capra and related genera, including the ibexes and the wild goat (C. aegagrus) of Eurasia.

goat′ish adj.



a small, horned ruminant used for milk, and angora and kashmir fibers. A variety of the species Capra hircus which also includes the wild goat. Common breeds of dairy goats are anglo-nubian, british alpine, saanen, toggenburg. Common indigenous goats, e.g. boer, are usually dual or even multipurpose.

goat deodorizing
performed on the bucks by removing an area of skin from medially and posteriorly to the horns. The scent is contained in sebaceous cells in areas of wrinkled, folded and hairless skin. There is another lesser smell in the urine of the buck.
goat doe mastitis
see Table 16.
goat louse
damaliniacaprae, biting louse; linognathusstenopsis, sucking louse.
goat plague
peste des petits ruminants.
goat pox
see goatpox.
Rocky Mountain goat
is really a goat-antelope, with a shaggy white coat and black horns.
goat sheep hybrids
matings between the species are often fertile to the extent that an embryo is conceived but it invariably dies by about 60 days of pregnancy.
wild goat
there are many genera of wild goats including ibex, steinbok and the true wild goat, Capra hircus, the progenitor of the domestic goat.
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Information indicates that Rocky Mountain goats lived on Mount Jefferson, and the region appears to be a good fit for the species today, according to the ODFW.
The Rocky Mountain goats are reproducing well and their overall survival rate is good, too.
The ODFW proposes to trap 15 to 20 Rocky Mountain goats from a population that has been established in the Elkhorn Mountains, then release them in the Herman Creek Basin near Cascade Locks.
This is one of the most accessible high alpine lakes in Colorado and a likely area to look for Rocky Mountain goats.
Twenty-four Rocky Mountain goats (14 nannies, one adult billy, six yearling nannies, two female kids and one male kid) were released at the mountain's base last week.
During a single 10-month period from 1967 to 1968, Larry arrowed two cougars, two black bears, two mule deer, one elk, and two Rocky Mountain goats.
Drive up the highest paved road in North America to the 14,260-foot summit of Mount Evans, seeing Rocky Mountain goats along the way (the 14-mile summit road begins at beautiful Echo Lake, one hour from Denver; at the top, the breathtaking view from the summit takes in much of Colorado).
Increases are proposed for spring bear tags (up 10 percent, to 8,379), as well as Rocky Mountain goats (up 3, to 11 total) and bighorn sheep (up 2, to 91 total).
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists recently released 13 rare Rare Rocky Mountain goats in the Strawberry Mountain range of the Malheur National Forest, near John Day.
Random drawings to distribute the available limited-entry tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats are being conducted this week.

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