Really? I've never heard of them getting caught by something like that. Then again, it may not be anything 'worth mentioning' in most cases either.
I suppose, even mountain goats, like any other creature, can have its clumsy moments. I know last year, my mom was sitting near the bottom of the hill up in the park - and a cow slipped off the hill (one of those hills that has a bit of a cliff to it. No mountain, but no drop for a cow either!) and went crashing to the bottom right in front of her. She was shocked and traumatized over it! (And yes, she had to go get a park ranger to put the poor creature down. It was bad hurt from that fall and she had no way to put it out of its misery. ) So - I suppose it does make sense even a mountain goat might get caught too. Sad.
May I assume these ones in your picture avoid it though and go on their merry way?
Yes, they do get caught sometimes, unfortunately. Wow! I'd be traumatized, too, if I had a cow fall in front of me like that! Seeing a live animal go through something that isn't supposed to happen to it... I saw a squirrel get run over once, and that was bad enough, I can imagine how your poor mom felt.
Oh, yes, they avoid it, of course. I love my wildlife.
Yeah. She had a lot of trouble dealing with it. I mean, how do you process something like that? I'm not sure I could have either, although I *MIGHT* have been able to do something drastic to help it. IE, I might have been able to kill it, if I had to, to make its suffering end faster. But I don't know, either. Not like we own a gun.
And yeah, we see lots of ground squirrels around here that have been run over to. When its that season I end up having to pray and ask God to please keep them out from under my wheels. I'm not sure I could handle knowing I'd killed one. Bad enough when animals in your care die - or when something happens that you have no control over. When we first moved here, we were driving up the street and a bird hit us. Hit our antenna on the car. (I say hit us, because it came at us from an angle)Shocked us both and we had to get out and see if it survived. It hadn't. It was decapitated immediately. Its sort of haunted us ever since. I mean, at least it died fast. . .and its not like we could have stopped it. But. . .but . . .yeah. Definitely hard to deal with. Sometimes I wonder if we're too empathetic.
And good. I will continue to enjoy your picture, then. Knowing the goats skip on out of the scene, oblivious to their close call. Gotta love innocence.