The mystery of the goat man may have been solved. Utah wildlife officials have confirmed the details of a phone call received from a Southern California hunter claiming to be the “goat man.” The unnamed caller said he is a hunter who is preparing for a mountain goat bow hunt in Canada next year and is testing a goat suit. He came to Utah because he heard it was easier to get near the goats there for training.
The goat man has been a hot, but bizarre, topic across news stations since the initial sighting on July 15. Utah wildlife officials worried that the costumed man may not be aware of the potential dangers of goats, which can be aggressive when defending their territory, or he may not have known about the upcoming goat hunting season beginning this September.
Turns out the man was well aware of hunting season and was preparing for his own.
Phill Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the 57-year-old hunter called the Division and provided enough information to put their curiosity to rest. He described his suit as a hooded painter’s uniform and a fleece.
To catch up on the story and to see photographs of the “goat man,” view the news coverage video KTNV TV in Las Vegas.
Image screenshot of video by ktnv on youtube, slider image by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources