I would definately have goat coats when using them for Spring bear in Montana, especially in your neck of the woods. I always take a tarp for goat shelter. The kids and I spent a rainy, snowy night below Big Baldy a couple of Julys ago. Two of the four goats tried to crawl into the tent with us at 2:00 in the morning, even though they had adequate shelter. After that, I always tie those up and often leave a couple free at night.They don't seem to have the courage to take off in the middle of the night unless all can go. My goats were not even phased at the sight of a bear at 20 yds. They assume I will protect them ,I guess.