A mountain goat that died this summer near Lake Pend Oreille has presented a rare opportunity for Farragut State Park.
Park officials are trying to raise money to preserve the hide and head of the animal in a life-size mount to put on exhibit at park headquarters.
A hiker had found the injured goat, but the animal did not survive rescue efforts, said Bryan Rowder, park manager. Since the animal had suffered no decay or ravage from scavengers, remains have been frozen for preservation.
Jesse’s Taxidermy in Athol has offered free services to mount the animal, but the park still must raise about $550 for materials, Rowder said.
Send tax-deductible donations to Farragut Cooperating Association, 13400 E. Ranger Road, Athol, ID 83801.