Mountain Goats Surround, Lick Vail HikerOne goat in particular grew bold in its search for salt.Author:Backpacker ContributorsPublish date:Jul 11, 2018Forest ServiceSpotting a mountain goat on a hike: cool. But being surrounded and even licked by them? It happened to one Vail hiker. Biologists explain that goats are attracted to the salt in human sweat. Still, such a bold move was unusual for a wild animal.