WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — The family of a man who was gored to death by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park last year is suing the Park Service, the Associated Press reports.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Tacoma by the Messina Bulzomi Christensen law firm.
The Interior Department had earlier denied a $10 million wrongful death claim from the family of 63-year-old Bob Boardman of Port Angeles. A department lawyer said there was no evidence of negligence in the October 2010 death.
Tacoma attorney John Messina told the Peninsula Daily News the goat that killed Boardman was a rogue that the park should have done something about.
Park officials said they knew of at least one disruptive goat on Klahhane Ridge but have said they had no way of singling out the goat that killed Boardman as a goat they had problems with.
New rules for less tollerance of overly friendly or aggressive animals already are in place in the park.
On Sept. 6, a park ranger operating under the new rules killed a mountain goat that for three days had refused to leave a campsite near Upper Royal Basin near the park’s eastern boundary.