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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) stretches to reach a mineral lick in the Walton area of Glacier National Park in Montana. Wonder how this one performed such a death-defying feat? Very carefully. Mountain goats make their living by taking each step very seriously. Using splayed, rubbery hooves that grip rock surfaces, this female started by placing all four feet on the tiny ledge where her back feet are shown in the photo. She then pushed out and wedged into the crevice using her front hooves to bridge the gap, licking any salt on the rocks around her. To get out, she reversed the procedure, again placing all four feet on the same little ledge, turning around slowly until she could exit, uphill and to the left.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Joel Sartore and his son, Cole, stop to take a photograph together in the Walton area of Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A young man watching mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A train crosses over a bridge in the Walton area of Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) walks along a mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mother mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) and her baby walk along a rocky path in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Bighorn sheep share space with a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Scenic from Glacier National Park, recovering from a forest fire.

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Scenic from Glacier National Park, recovering from a forest fire.

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Scenic from Glacier National Park, recovering from a forest fire.

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