Interference Results in Mountain Goat Drowning Near Seward’s Sealife Center

A Mountain Goat in downtown Seward near the harbor. Image-Screengrab S. Fink | Seward City News/YouTube video
A Mountain Goat in downtown Seward near the harbor. Image-Screengrab S. Fink | Seward City News/YouTube video

A Mountain Goat drowned in the waters of Resurrection Bay near the Sealife Center in Seward on Saturday due to human interference it was reported on Sunday.

At 6:30 pm on Saturday, Seward Troopers received a report of “individuals harassing a mountain goat on the south end of the Seward Harbor breakwater dike,” the trooper dispatch divulged on Sunday.

Troopers responded to the scene at the breakwater, but, by the time they arrived, the Mountain Goat had left the area. 

The goat had entered the area in downtown Seward from the vicinity of the boat harbor. Animal Control Officers had initially pursued the goat as it entered the downtown area.

Approximately 30 minutes later, troopers received another report of the goat. This second report revealed that the Mountain Goat was now swimming in the water in front of the Sealife Center.[xyz-ihs snippet=”adsense-body-ad”]

The investigation of the incident showed that the goat was sighted by a large number of people, who then followed the goat onto the rocks near the center. The disturbance caused by the large number of people resulted in the goat jumping back into the water. 

Unable to exit the water because of the throng of people on the rocks, the goat subsequently drowned in the waters of the bay.

Troopers stated in the trooper dispatch, “It is imperative  that wildlife is given adequate space to be able to leave a congested area like downtown Seward. Due to people not giving the animal space and getting close to take photos  resulted in a wild animal dying for no cause.”

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A Good Samaritan aboard the vessel Interceptor, recovered the remains of the goat and it was given to charity.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adversal-468×60″]