SALT LAKE CITY – A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for a Canadian archery season.
After a hiker spotted the so-called goat man on July 15 in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, wildlife officials said they wanted to talk to the person to be certain he was aware of the dangers as hunting season approaches.
They speculated he might have been an extreme wildlife enthusiast who just wanted to get as close as possible to the goats.
This week, however, the mystery was solved.
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said he received a call from a 57-year-old California hunter who explained he was merely trying out his goat suit in preparation for a mountain goat hunt in Canada next year.
“He gave me enough details about the area and the situation that it made me feel confident this was him,” Douglass said Tuesday.
“In talking to him, I felt he was very knowledgeable, a very experienced hunter. He’s hunted internationally,” Douglass added.
The man did not identify himself, Douglass said, noting the hunter was concerned for his safety after widespread media coverage of the sighting.
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