SALT LAKE CITY - As she drove into her garage, Midway resident Carol
Probst saw something white dart in ahead of her. Further
investigation with her golden retriever, Sasha, revealed a mountain
goat in the empty bay. "I thought it was a pet goat," she said.
Probst opened the garage's other bay door hoping the goat would take
the escape route. Instead, it leaped on to the hood of the truck
The goat started walking in circles on the hood, lowering its horned
head and stomping a hoof on its metal perch, she said.
Probst tied up her dog, called animal control and grabbed a camera to
document the animal in case her insurance company doubted a goat-
related damage claim.
An animal control officer arrived and told Probst and her family that
the goat was likely a 1 1/2 -year-old member of the state's growing
Rocky Mountain goat population. He said the animal probably wandered
down from nearby Mount Timpanogos.
The animal was shot with a tranquilizer dart from a blow gun,
examined, given an ear tag and loaded into a horse trailer to be
taken back to the mountain.
"We're not quite sure why a goat would go and do this," said Scott
Root, the Division of Wildlife Resource's Central Region conservation-
outreach manager. Goats usually stay above 10,000 feet in the summer,
Probst's photo of a goat on her truck will only need to serve as a
reminder of the strange visit the truck was undamaged.