The family of a hiker killed by a rogue mountain goat last fall in Olympic National Park is suing for $10 million dollars in damages, because this “particularly dangerous animal” had a history of aggressive behavior and was not removed from the park after complaints about it.
Bob Boardman, of Port Angeles, was hiking at Klahhane Ridge in the park last October when he was approached by a mountain goat, and then was followed by it for approximately one mile before the 370 pound goat gored him in the thigh, severing an artery. The goat stood over Boardman for about 30 minutes as he quickly bled to death from the wound.
The wrongful death and personal injury claims totaling over $10 million in the Boardman case are being brought against Olympic National Park by a personal injury lawyer on behalf of Boardman’s estate, his widow, and her son.
The suit claims that the Park was negligent in not removing the animal, which “had exhibited aggressive behavior in the past, including following visitors, blocking the trail and rearing up”, and which had been the subject of complaints from Boardman in the past, according to his family.
The killer goat was shot and killed by park rangers after the death of Boardman. Mountain goats are not a native species in the park, but were introduced by (and for) hunters in 1920, and now number about 320 in the park.
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