Goat on the lam

Red Deer is going to the — goats? On Monday, animal control officers captured a goat running through the streets. It was first spotted by Vanier Woods residents before wandering over to Lancaster and then Deer Park, where it was caught at about 3 p.m.

Alberta Animal Service officer Duane Thomas with a goat apprehended earlier this week in South Red Deer.

Red Deer is going to the — goats?

On Monday, animal control officers captured a goat running through the streets. It was first spotted by Vanier Woods residents before wandering over to Lancaster and then Deer Park, where it was caught at about 3 p.m.

“We get lots of wildlife come through the city, but it’s very rare we get farm animals. But we’re running into this a little more and more,” said Duane Thomas, director of enforcement with Alberta Animal Services.

“We’ve had a sheep and a few other farm animals.”

It was the third goat that officers have caught in recent years.

“Normally it’s pretty difficult. This one is fairly tame. It will let you pet it. Definitely he’s been around humans.”

That’s why it’s strange no one has called Alberta Animal Services looking for their lost goat, which probably belongs on a farm or acreage east of Red Deer.

Under Red Deer’s bylaws, residents are not allowed to keep farm animals in the city.

The brown, male goat has no identification so hopefully someone will come claim it or else a new home will be found, Thomas said.

For now, the newcomer to the shelter is making himself at home at the animal shelter.

“He was a little strange at first hearing all the barking. But he’s doing good. He’s eating and getting used to us.”

The owner can claim the goat by calling Alberta Animal Services at 403-347-2388.

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