Court rejects claim over goat goring death in park

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SEATTLE (AP) — A three-judge federal appeals court panel has rejected a woman’s lawsuit over her husband’s fatal goring by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park, but two of the three suggested court precedent should be changed in a way that would allow her to pursue her claims.

Susan Chadd sued the federal government after her husband, 63-year-old Robert Boardman, was gored in the leg by the 370-pound animal in 2010.

The goat had been threatening visitors for years, and Chadd argued park officials were negligent in failing to kill or relocate it.

A judge in Tacoma rejected her claims, saying the federal government is immune from lawsuit when officials are exercising discretion.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed in a 2-1 ruling Monday. But one of the judges in the majority, Marsha Berzon, said the 9th Circuit’s interpretations in this area of the law had “gone off the rails” and need to be reconsidered.

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  • The World is Ending

    Sorry but they were in the goats “house” and it was protective, if some stranger comes in your house uninvited you may get aggressive as well.

    • Raven

      Sorry, it was not the goat’s “house”, as goats are an invasive (non-native) species broght into the park by hunters before it became a park. They are the definition of “pests” in the Olympics, and destroy habitat which displaces native plants and animals.

      Besides, this goat was a known and well-documented crazed loner which was ignored by irresponsible Park wildlife managers who admittedly knew of many incidents before this death. The Park did not follow its own stated policy, and the result was a unnecessary death.

  • Frank

    The Park Rangers really should have destroyed the Goat when the complaints started to come in. As far as a law suit I see it as you are in the wilderness and there is some risk when you enter so it seems to me the suit unmerited.

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