Olympic National Park officials are trying to determine if a 63-year-old Washington man was killed during an encounter with a mountain goat in the park's backcountry.
Park officials said Robert H. Boardman of Port Angeles died Saturday afternoon after sustaining injuries while hiking near the park's Klahhane Ridge.
While the matter remains under investigation, a park release said "early investigations indicate that Boardman’s injuries were sustained after an encounter with a mountain goat."
Park staff were on scene shortly after the initial report and provided emergency medical assistance. The man was was transported by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.
"Rangers responding to the incident were able to locate the goat, confirm its identity and kill it. The goat will be transported to a veterinary pathologist for full analysis," the release said.
Klahhane Ridge is located near Hurricane Ridge, about 17 miles south of Port Angeles.