Earlier this morning we placed our Mountain Lake Lodge Mountain Goat Carving onto it's new resting place. The Mountain Goat carving is located just off the Terra Steakhouse deck on a Ponderosa Pine Tree that had to have it's top cutoff as it was dying from pine beetles. The Mountain Goat is found only in North America and usually stays above the tree line. Below is the photo gallery of getting the Ponderosa Pine Tree ready for our Mountain Goat's new home….
Getting the Tree pedestal the correct height for viewing the Mountain Goat from Terra Steakhouse's Deck.
Next came the task of leveling the tree for placement of the Mountain Goat….
The Mountain Goat stays at elevations of 13,000 feet or more and is a sure-footed climber, often resting on rocky cliffs so predators cannot get them. The Mountain Goat's feet are well-suited for climbing steep, rocky slopes, sometimes with pitches of 60 degrees or more, with inner pads that provide traction and cloven hooves that can be spread apart as needed. And the tips of Mountain Goat feet have dewclaws that are very sharp to keep them from slipping.
Then cames the drilling the hole into the tree keep the Mountain Goat in it's resting place…
Mountain Goats have beards, short tails, and long black horns that contain yearly growth rings just like a trees. Mountain Goats are protected from the elements by their woolly white double coats. In wintertime, their woolly white coats help them to withstand temperatures as low as −50 °F and winds of up to 100 mph. A Mountain Goat buck stands about three feet at the shoulder. Mountain Goats typically weigh between 100 and 300 lbs.
And now the crew lifted the Mountain Goat up and placed it onto the tree…
and last by not least the Mountain Goat is on it's permanent perch here at Mountain Lake Lodge, Bigfork MT