Dog Injured by Mountain Goat on Mt. Timpanogos While There With Owner.
***UPDATE*** August 4, 2014. Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office have learned that the owner of the dog that was injured by a mountain goat on Mt. Timpanogos allowed the dog off leash just prior to the incident. Being off leash in that area is not a violation, but an owner is required to maintain control of the dog. In this case the dog reportedly saw the mountain goat and began to chase it. It was at that time that the dog was injured by the mountain goat. The owner reports that her dog was not seriously injured and is recovering. Allowing a dog to chase protected wildlife is a misdemeanor under Utah County Code. There is no plan to file charges at this time.
On August 3, 2014, at about 5:15 PM, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call from a woman in Reno, Nevada. This woman reported her 26 year old daughter was hiking Mt. Timpanogos from the Aspen Grove trailhead with a dog. The woman reported that the dog was apparently attacked by a mountain goat. The woman wanted Search and Rescue (SAR) to respond and help bring the dog off the mountain. The SAR Coordinator for the Utah County Sheriff's Office told dispatchers the team would not be able to respond to help in this situation.
Sheriff's officials said that they are unable to respond to help with animals in situation like this. In this particular case it would take no less than 4 hours to reach the dog and bring it down the mountain. The primary concern is that another call for assistance involving people in a different area may come in while the rescue is in process. In that case rescuers needed for the new call would be delayed, or may even be unable to respond.
In this case that concern became reality. While the call for the injured dog came in about 5:15 PM, another call for assistance came in at about 7:15 PM. Utah State Parks Officers at Utah Lake State Park requested assistance from SAR in rescuing a 2 adults and 3 young children whose boat was disabled in the Mud Lake area of Utah Lake. Mud Lake is south of Utah Lake State Park on the west side of I-15. It is very shallow, as low as 1 foot deep, with a very muddy bottom. The State Park boat could not reach the stranded boaters so SAR team members responded. At least 6 team members on 6 different wave runners responded to Mud Lake. They gave the 5 occupants of the boat a ride to the main part of the lake where they were transferred to the State Parks boat. Rescuers cleared this call at about 10:30 PM.
After some time on the mountain the woman was able to coax the dog down the trail. She took the dog to a veterinarian where it was treated for an injury to the chest from being kicked by the mountain goat. The dog is expected to recover.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO