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Mountain goats breeding out of control

There is an increasing number of mountain goats at the "Hohe Wand", district of Wiener Neustadt (Lower Austria). As they cause severe flora damages, some of them will be resettled in a zoo-like area in Salzburg.

More than 70 mountain goats currently live in the mountain area "Hohe Wand". In order to restore the ecological equilibrium, they need to be reduced to around fifteen goats, stated the environmental protection authority of the state of Lower Austria.

The number of mountain goats has increased because they were fed without any controls and there are no natural predators like wolfs and bears in the region.

In order to reduce the population by three quarters, two solutions were proposed at the mountain goat summit.

The first solution would be to hunt the mountain goats. The district of Wiener Neustadt would need to determine a rate of shooting, which was twelve goats last year.

The second option would be to catch the animals alive and move them to a mountain goat area in the state of Salzburg. The "Association against animal factories", which represented the interests of animal protectors at the summit, has requested this solution.

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