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Mountain Goats: Glossary

A

agility
The ability to move easily
avalanche
A mass of snow that slides down a mountainside

B

band
An organized group
billy (billies plural)
Male goats

C

concave
Bent inward
conserving
To prevent loss
continuously
For a long period of time

D

diet
The food eaten
disturbance
To be bothered or annoyed

E

evidence
Something that is a clue or proves something

G

guard hair
Course outer hair

H

habitat
Environment where they live
hibernate
Sleeping through the winter
hostile
Not friendly or an enemy

I

insulation
Something that reduces the passage of hot and cold air

K

kid (kids plural)
Baby goats

L

ledge
A rock shelf

M

mating season
A period of the year when animals find partners
migrate
To move seasonally

N

nanny(nannies plural)
Female goats

O

occasionally
sometimes
oreamnos americanus
Scientific name for mountain goats meaning a mountain lamb belonging to America

P

population
The number of a group
predator
An animal that hunts and eats other animals
protect
To guard or defend

R

rank
The order of standing in a group, a rating

S

stress
Something that causes worry or strain
suction cup
A cup shaped object that can stick to a surface by creating a vacuum inside

T

terrain
land
trough
A ditch or long shaped depression

W

wool
A type of hair that forms on some animals which is used to make clothing
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