‘Badasses of the mountains’: goats clash with sheep as key US glaciers melt
Climate crisis may explain fights as disappearing ice fuels interspecies competition – with goats nearly always winning
The goats and the sheep usually avoid battle when near each other but when conflict does arise around clumps of minerals, the goats typically chase off the sheep in order to enjoy the nutrients in peace.
The melt is also uncovering deposits of salt and potassium that are valued by the goats and sheep, who need to lick these mineral deposits in order to gain crucial nutrients.
So, climate change is increasing the availability of those salt licks. Thereby reducing conflict.