ST LOUIS (LALATE) – “Goat Man” has been identified as a hunter from Southern California, officials tell news. Goat man surprised the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources division this week after he was found in the northern Utah mountains. But now officials tell news there is no need for alarm.
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources explained the curiosity of goat man in a news statement this week. Officials had found the man dressed in a goat suit frolicking among wild goats in Utah’s mountain range. When officials approached goat man, he told them that he was a hunter from Southern California. He also told officials that he had learned the best way to learn how to hunt goats is to get close to them.
Officials were perplexed why the man dressed himself up in a white painter’s jumpsuit and covered himself in fleece. But they tell news that the hunter wanted to get close to the mountain goats for an upcoming archery hunt.
Douglass warned Goat Man that his attempt to hunt goats might end up in him being hunted. Douglass told him that, his costume was so convincing, that he could be endanger of being struck by hunters believing him to be a real goat.
“In talking to him, I felt he was very knowledgeable, a very experienced hunter. He’s hunted internationally,” officials told KSBW.com. “My concern all along was that this person needed to understand the risks, and certainly after talking to him, I felt he was doing the best he could to understand and mitigate those risks … He was simply preparing for a hunt.”