My deepest condolences to the victim's family and friends. This event is truly shocking to me.
In GNP, goats don't have much fear of humans, and they absolutely love to lick antifreeze off the pavement. Apparently it isn't a poison to them, or at least they can metabolize it somehow without much harm. They also love human urine, so I've had them hang around my campsites, hoping for a freebie. At the same Lake Ellen Wilson campsite (July '06), I was adopted by a mom and her two kids. They followed me around wherever I went, tripped over the tent guy lines all night, and then politely escorted me up to Gunsight Pass before turning back (it was apparently the border of their territory). Also, during my stay at the Sperry Chalet on the way to L. Ellen Wilson, there were maybe 15-20 goats in residence. They would lounge in the shade by the deck chairs, or wander around amongst the buildings, unafraid of people. In fact, they likely are actually attracted to us, or perhaps extremely curious about us. They won't quite let you touch them, but they like to hang out 10-20 feet away, in your company. So I found the sad news from Washington rather confusing---an aggressive goat that wasn't white in color. Could it have been of a different goat breed? I'm also wondering if it might relate to a form of competition among sexes--a male goat killed the male hiker, right? Was the previous poster's lady confronted by a female goat (maybe the same one that befriended me...)? I suppose that we'll never know.