A series of photos of what appear to
be a man near a herd of goats while donning an elaborate goat suit are
baffling wildlife officials who wish to speak with the mystery man - or
woman.The photos, first
posted to the image-sharing website Imgur.com, show what looks like a
person in the white suit, crawling on all fours near Ben Lomond Peak in
Weber County, Utah.The state Department of Wildlife Resources says it is yet to determine who the person is and what exactly what they are up to.
Phil Douglas, a DWR official, told Fox 13:
'I've been trying to figure out… It could be that they were trying to
get photographs. Could be that they were scouting out for a hunt to see
what the complexity of the herd is.'Douglas
said that hikers have come forward to say that they've spotted the
person too, and he is concerned that the person could be endangering his
or her life by being so close to the real goats.'
He told Fox 13: 'There have been reports of people who have been killed or injured by goats.
There’s a hunt that’s coming up in September. Certainly don’t want anyone out in a goat suit at that time.'
Coty Creighton claims he’s the hiker
who took the photos near the Ben Lomond Peak, which is home to a variety
of animals, including moose, deer and mountain goats.In emails to local news outlets, he said he came upon the strange site on Sunday morning.
He told the Utah Standard-Examiner that he knew something was odd about the 'goat' from the get-go.
told the paper in an email: 'I thought it was a deformed goat. It was
clumsy, not nimble… He was on his hands and knees, crawling along the
mountainside.'In a separate email to Salt Lake City's CityWeekly.net,
Creighton said: 'I was racking my brain trying to figure out what other
type of animal it could be. An albino bear? Honky Sasquatch?'But
when he took out a pair of binoculars, he realized that the creature
wasn’t a goat at all, but a man wearing what appeared to be a
custom-made goat suit, complete with horns.He
said that after about 20 minutes of taking his picture, the goat man realized he was being watched and began creepily watching Creighton. He said: 'He stayed on his hands and knees and stared back.'
He thought it best not to approach the goat man, telling the Standard-Examiner: 'Something was definitely off with that guy.'
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