18 Oct 2010

Hiker fatally gored by goat

11:48 am on 18 October 2010

A hiker has died after being attacked by a mountain goat in Washington State in the United States.

Robert Boardman, 63, was gored in the leg by the goat while walking at the weekend with his wife and a friend on Klahhane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

Rangers later killed the goat, which was known for its aggressive behaviour.

A park spokesperson says that in the past, rangers had tried inducing the goat to be frightened of people - by shooting it with bean bags and throwing rocks.

But the park says there had been no reports of any previous incidents which would have warranted killing the goat.