NAPgA Best Management Practices (BMP’S)

The BMP document is a living document that is open to editing and updating as needed.

NAPgA created the BMP’s to establish responsible common-sense guidelines for goat packing. They are not intended to be overly restrictive or to discourage pack goat use in any way or in any location.

NAPgA will use the best available science as a guide in which to measure and develop the BMP’s to address wildlife and other resource concerns.

BMP#1: Individually Identify Your Packgoats

Each pack goat shall be individually identified. Each goat shall have a collar with a tag attached to it containing, at a minimum, the current owner’s name and phone number.

Pack goats may be identified with a tattoo or microchip which is specific to each individual goat in conjunction with a collar.

Tattoos containing the individual pack goat’s Scrapie Herd Number & ID or an official Scrapie ear tag may be used in conjunction with a collar.

BMP#2: Control

All pack goats shall be under direct human supervision at all times. They shall be on leads or have leads attached to their collar/halter.

In camp, all pack goats shall be in direct sight or tethered in some fashion (picketing, high lining, etc.).

All pack goats shall be tethered at night within 30 feet of humans and bells will be attached to their collars.

BMP#3: Separation

Goatpackers shall minimize pack goat contact with wildlife.

BMP#4: Lost Packgoat

If a pack goat becomes lost every effort will be exhausted to locate and recover it. If the owner is unable to locate and recover the lost pack goat the following agencies shall be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.

Information given should include a detailed description of the pack goat (size; color; ears erect, hanging or none, horned or not), any equipment they are carrying and the last known location. A photograph of the pack goat, if possible.

  • The local County Sheriff’s office. Call 911 or the non-emergency line to dispatch of that county. Most hikers, hunters, landowners, or citizens will call the sheriff’s office first if they find a lost pack stock animal.
  • The state’s Department of Fish and Game or Fish.The local land management agency responsible for the area where the pack goat was lost. (Forest Service/BLM/DNR).
  • Post information, including photos if available, at convenience stores, trailheads, and campgrounds with owner’s contact information, goat, and gear descriptions. Contact the North American Pack Goat Association (NAPgA) to report the loss. NAPgA will maintain a documentation file on all lost pack goats. NAPgA will request an initial report as well as an after-action report from the pack goat’s owner/user. The information will be used for documentation as well as continued training and educational awareness training for pack goat users.
  • Contact the North American Pack Goat Association (NAPgA) to report the loss. NAPgA will maintain a documentation file on all lost pack goats. NAPgA will request an initial report as well as an after-action report from the pack goat’s owner/user. The information will be used for documentation as well as continued training and educational awareness training for pack goat users.BMP#5: Leave No TraceLeave No Trace principles are strongly encouraged. Leave No Trace principles are found on this website: https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles
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