MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) – The phrase get your goat is taking on a whole new meaning here in the Grand Valley as a group of kids has been keeping local residents and authorities busy all week
Its a week Randy Spoon wont soon forget. Monday night, as he watched TV with his friends at their Fruita home, an unexpected visitor butted in.
All of a sudden we heard something, it sounded like knocking on the door, said Spoon. We peaked out the window. It was kind of late and it was raining outside. We thought it was a dog.
Instead, when they opened the door, they found a goat, likely looking for a way to get out of the rain.
Only in Fruita would a goat knock on a door in the middle of a subdivision, laughed Spoon.
But oddly enough, it wasnt the only place this week where Grand Valley residents had close encounters of the goat kind. The next day, Clifton Elementary was hosting its annual family BBQ when two female goats crashed the party.
They must have heard how great Clifton was as a school and that we were free food at the family BBQ, said Valerie Lambdin, a teacher at Clifton Elementary.
Staying true to her job title, Lambdin agreed to take care of the kids until the Mesa County Sheriffs could locate their owner.
No, I didnt expect to go to a BBQ and come home with two goats, laughed Lambdin.
The Mesa County Sheriffs Office says it sees incidents like these more frequently than you might think — albeit, most of them are in the more rural areas of the county.
Its just part of the case load, said Heather Benjamin, spokesperson for the Mesa County Sheriffs Office.
When it comes to livestock at large, officials say nine times out of ten, a damaged fence or gate is the culprit.
It can be a challenge for us if we cannot reunite the animal with its proper owner, said Benjamin. Thats why you should tag it somehow if you can, microchip it, and make sure fences are done well, that theyre solid, and you have locks — whatever you need to do to keep your animals in.
If you see livestock roaming somewhere they dont belong, you should call the Mesa County Sheriffs Office rather than Mesa County Animal Control. Under state law, animal control can only handle incidents that involve domestic animals like cats and dogs.
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