Meeting in Boise January 16-18, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved closing mountain goat hunts in Units 59 and 59A in the eastern side of the state.
Declining goat populations in those units caused the department to recommend the hunting closures. The closure will be done by the Fish and Game Director.
Trophy species manager Dale Toweill said mountain goats seem to be stable or in decline in most of Idaho. Hunting permits numbers have dropped steadily over more than a decade.