This Local Band is Hosting a Benefit Hike to Combat Colorado Poaching

By: Caleb Aerenson, 303 Magazine
August 30, 2018

On July 3 of this year, two mountain goats were found dead on Quandary Peak here in Colorado. Denver electro-funk band, Floatgoat was upset by the news and decided to take action — so they partnered with non-profit Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW) to host a fundraiser hike on September 8. On the hike, the band is collecting donations that are going to the preservation of Colorado’s biodiversity. In addition to raising money, the group plans to bring their merch on the hike and donate 50 percent of sales to RMW. The hike, titled “Take a Hike, Poaching,” is taking place at the Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks.

The mountain goats were found 40 feet apart and the location of the shots made it evident that the goats were purposefully killed. News quickly spread of the shooting and there was a $1,000 reward put in place for information regarding the shooter. As of today, the culprit has not been found.

RMW is an organization fighting to slow and stop what they refer to as “The 6th mass extinction.” Their efforts have spread throughout the southern Rocky Mountain region and have proven to be effective. Over a dozen species are protected under the Endangered Species Act due to RMW’s work. These species include some Colorado favorites, such as the Canada Lynx, Gunnison sage-grouse and more.

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