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Feral Goats

The feral goats that are frequently found in upland and coastal areas of Scotland are descendants of domestic animals but now live truly wild.

On the West Highland Way the most likely sighting of these animals is on the section between Rowardennan and Inverarnan where the way follows the shores of Loch Lomond. No two animals look the same, given the tremendous variety in coat colours and lengths. Mating takes place in late autumn and kids are generally born into the chilly climes of January. Wild goats live together in herds, often in relatively large numbers.

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