July 23, 2012
Man Dressed as Goat Seen Grazing with Real Utah Goats
By Chad Love
Remember "Goat Boy" from Saturday Night Live back in the mid-90s? Goat Boy had a good run, but showbiz is a harsh biz and after his "SNL" success waned, Goat Boy slowly disappeared from the entertainment scene because let's face it: it's tough getting parts when you're a half-man/half-goat.
Eventually, after a few poorly-received off-off-off Broadway performances, Goat Boy left New York City forever, returning to the Utah mountains of his youth to live out his golden years, chewing his cud and wistfully ruminating with the other ruminants. When a hiker spotted a person dressed as a goat last week, grazing on the side of a mountain, the questions started.
From this story in the Washington Post:
A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called “goat man” is unaware of the dangers.
Douglass said a man hiking Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of real goats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered. Wildlife officials now just want to talk to the man so that he is aware of the dangers. There’s no telling what his intentions are, Douglass said, but it is believed he could just be an extreme wildlife enthusiast.
According to the story, 60 goat permits will be issued in that area, and officials are worried that Goat Boy might be mistaken for a full-blood goat and shot, or even attacked by an irritated goat. The hiker who originally spotted Goat Boy says he noticed something odd about a particular goat trailing the rest of the herd, so he whipped out his binoculars. That's when he discovered Goat Boy, acting just like the other goats, wearing a costume with fake horns and a cloth mask with eye holes cut out. The hiker told authorities that when Goat Boy spotted him, he froze for a second, and then scurried to catch up with the rest of the herd.
So should we just leave Goat Boy alone, and let him take his chances with hunting season and other goats, or should authorities get him off the mountain?