Goat Man Frolicking Through the Utah Wilderness Identified As a Hunter

  • Share
  • Read Later
Cody Creighton / AP

In this Sunday, July 15, 2012 photo, a person is seen in a goat suit in the Wasatch Mountains on Ben Lomond peak outside of Ogden, Utah.

(UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 12 noon EDT)

It’s not uncommon for hunters to use camouflage. But usually such outfits are made to blend in with the surrounding foliage — not the animals.

One hunter in Utah had a different idea. He donned a goat suit to better track his targets.

On July 22, a hunter quickly dubbed “goat man” was spotted clambering around the mountains of northern Utah, following a herd of goats. At first, officials were baffled– and worried. They were concerned goat man could be in danger once hunting season starts.

But after the story made headlines out of its sheer oddity, state wildlife officials say they’ve identified the man in the bizarre suit. He’s a 57-year-old hunter from Southern California, according to Phil Douglass, conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, told Utah newspaper The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Douglass fielded a phone call from the man but didn’t ask his name. “He gave me details that convinced me it was him,” Douglass said.

The hunter told the newspaper his suit was a simple hooded painter’s suit, which he adorned with fleece to give his costume a fur-like appearance. He said he was testing the suit in preparation for an upcoming goat hunt in Canada.

Douglass was initially concerned that if the hunter’s behavior continued, he could be a target in the upcoming hunting season. “My very first concern is the person doesn’t understand the risks,” Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Douglass told the Associated Press Friday. “Who’s to say what could happen.” Hunting season begins in the area in September, and about 60 shooters are expected to receive permits.

(MORE: Top 10 Creepiest Product Mascots)

Officials said he wasn’t only in danger of being mistaken for prey by a hunter — he might have been attacked by one of his fellow goats. “They may get agitated. They’re territorial. They are, after all, wild animals. This person puts on a goat suit, he changes the game,” said Douglass, adding that wearing an animal costume in the wild is not strictly illegal.

The sighting of the goat man occurred 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, when a hiker saw a herd of goats about 200 yards away, and thought one of them looked a bit weird. “I thought maybe it was injured,” the hiker, 33-year-old Coty Creighton told the AP Friday. After looking through his binoculars, he saw something very odd indeed: a man in fake horns and a cloth mask with eye holes, traipsing around with the four-legged ruminants. “I thought, ‘What is this guy doing?’ ” Creighton said. “He was actually on his hands and knees. He was climbing over rocks and bushes and pretty rough terrain on a steep hillside.”

Creighton said the man pulled up his mask once in a while to check where he was going. Then, he spotted Creighton, staring at him from afar. “He just stopped in his tracks and froze,” he said. Creighton retreated behind a tree and started taking photos while goat man pulled his mask back on and scrambled to catch up with the other goats. “We were the only ones around for miles,” Creighton said. “It was real creepy.”

Creighton provided the Division of Wildlife Resources with blurry photos of a white blob scaling a steep mountainside. When the sighting was reported in local media, wildlife officials received an anonymous call from a so-called “agitated man” who said: “Leave goat man alone. He’s done nothing wrong.”

MORE: Imagining the Future Animal

88 comments
hambdiscus
hambdiscus

Considering the fact that a few years back a rancher lost a cow (upon whose flanks he had painted the word "COW" in very large letters) to a hunter's bullet, GoatMan had better drop the notion of masquerading as one of his quary.

Leilageq
Leilageq

like Randy replied I am surprised that anybody able to make $8897 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you see this(Click on menu Home)

Leilageq
Leilageq

like Christopher replied I am amazed that a student can earn $6364 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this

Leilageq
Leilageq

like Larry answered I cannot believe that a person able to earn $6021 in four weeks on the computer. did you look at this(Click on menu Home)

Leilageq
Leilageq

Evelyn responded I didnt know that someone can make $9949 in four weeks on the computer. did you look this(Click on menu Home) goo.gl/wVzf3

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Where's the "Leave Britney alone!" kid (pun intended) when you need him?

Justanothermonkeyman
Justanothermonkeyman

This is news?

ERenger
ERenger

Look through the other headlines, Monkeyman. This is the best news of the whole day. 

BTW, how does a Monkeyman get off criticizing a story about a Goat Man? Jealous?

Pete
Pete

Please cut the goat man some cud. His first choice was to pose as a Gazelle but wasn't fast enough and cut from Iran's Olympic Trials in the 1st Round. You have to give him credit though....he's still going for the goad!

indianazombiesquadU1
indianazombiesquadU1

I told my family that I saw a Goatman in Colorado and they just thought that I was drunk or stupid. HAHA! PROOF!

ERenger
ERenger

I once saw a Chupacabra stalk, kill, and eat a Goat Man. I didn't tell anyone about it, because at the time, I was dressed as a Bigfoot, and I thought people would think I was crazy. 

alteredego
alteredego

I know a lot more places than Utah where it is easy to get close and the goats are friendly...

ERenger
ERenger

But at the Nevada Goat Ranch you have to pay. 

Spartacus1954
Spartacus1954

IT'S WILLARD MITT ROMNEY HIDING HIS MONEY!!!

educate1
educate1

This is the kind of news that makes you forget all the craziness in the world. Just a man in a goat suit doing his thing :)

VA Resident
VA Resident

I think Kennith Pinyan did something similar back in Washington. 

Klist
Klist

This guy works for FEDEX FREIGHT

Jason Baade
Jason Baade

The follow up to this is going to read something like "Goat Man shot by hunter."

Spartacus1954
Spartacus1954

MY FRIEND "GMENFAN54" POSTED THIS COMMENT EARLIER AND IT WAS TAKEN AFTER 36 LIKES. SO MUCH FOR THE "FIRST AMMENDMENT".

Gas Predictor
Gas Predictor

1. First ammendment guarantees freedom of speech, but a commercial enterprise (CNN) is not obligated to give you its forum.

2. Repeating the same inane comment multiple times is probably a violation of the terms of service.

Spartacus1954
Spartacus1954

Why was my original comment taken off after 36 likes? Was CNN afraid Mitt Romney might drop his CNN advertising?

victordesabata
victordesabata

Calling this idiot "goat man" is an insult to goats everywhere

John C. Lavender
John C. Lavender

He should be more adventurous and try either alligator or grizzly hunting...

John C. Lavender
John C. Lavender

He should be more adventurous and try hunting for alligators or grizzlies...

Ule Notknow
Ule Notknow

California, eh?  Not surprising.

ERenger
ERenger

Utah! Where men are men, and goats run scared! 

Susan Crofoot Davis
Susan Crofoot Davis

Dear Dear Goat Herd:  PLeeeeze deal with this idiot!  Just pretend it is breeding season and you need to fight him, then butt him right off the rocks to Foreverland.

Ron
Ron

Another Darwin award candidate.

gmenfan54
gmenfan54

IT'S MITT ROMNEY HIDING HIS MONEY!!!

ArmyCSM
ArmyCSM

This story was in the Utah Tribune a week ago, the Huffington Post maybe a day later, NBC News 2 day's after that, and CNN/Time has it today...no wonder your ratings suk.

cultish
cultish

Does this goat suit make my a$$ look fat?

ERenger
ERenger

No, of course not! But have you ever considered switching to hunting hippos? 

ERenger
ERenger

Someone needs to explain to him the difference between a gilly suit and a billy suit. 

cultish
cultish

Does my ass look fat in this goat suit?

1UniqueUserName
1UniqueUserName

I thought for sure it was just Rob Schneider working on a sequel...oh, that's right, Rob didn't have a goatee.

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Here's a tip for Mr. Douglass.  In this country, under our system of laws based on the concept of individual liberty, the default position for -every- activity, even ones you don't like or understand, is "legal."

It takes positive action to criminalize conduct that doesn't directly harm others, and that only after a reasonable justification is presented by those proposing the restriction as to why it is necessary.  In a perfect world we'd also demand solid evidence or even a logical basis to think it might actually work to address the apparent problem as well.  No more "sending a (futile) message" laws.

Leave the idiot alone for now and cite him for not wearing proper orange once hunting season starts (assuming that's part of the game regs) if he keeps it up.

Damn busybodies.

ERenger
ERenger

Matthew, go back and read it again. 

No one tried to do anything to this guy or force him to stop dressing up like a goat. It was Goat Boy who called Douglas, not the other way around. Douglas actually says it's not illegal to dress up as a goat, but explained that the Goat Boy may not understand how dangerous it could be. 

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Fair enough on the unecessary politicization.

But it's not "Goat Boy" -derek zoolander voice- it's Goat MAN pop, Goat MAN! =)

Comedy-wise I think you won the thread already.

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

I understand no one did anything.  My point was Douglass's comment of "well, it isn't strictly illegal" which hints at a presumption that whatever is not expressly permitted is forbidden.   Which is backwards thinking in this country.

The proper mindset for freedom is that which is not expressly forbidden is allowed.  You should never think in terms of "is what I want to do legal?" but rather "has it been made illegal and if so, does that make sense?"

The default mindset of truly free people is liberty, not restriction.  That was my philosophical point.

ERenger
ERenger

Must we politicize Goat Boy? 

BPollutin
BPollutin

Ad hominem...YOU actually have to have a logical argument in the first place to request one in return, even if you're too naive to understand the counterpoint. But then again...Maybe your senseless posts defending this nut is a result of your attraction towards men in costume?  Just a guess...

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Beautiful ad hominem, textbook even.  Usually the last refuge of folks without a valid, on-point argument, but you went straight to it.  Well-played sir or ma'am.

There's really no point in continuing after that decisive blow is there?

BPollutin
BPollutin

Rational?  Stealing from a grocery store to feed your children is rational to some.  Legal?  Sure, but so was slavery at one point.  Harmless?  If you're not a goat at the receiving end of a bullet in the head.  Mathew...you're simply an average numskull.  I hope your balls are as empty as this guy's head!

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Ah, here come the champions of tolerance and diversity. 

Someone does something you don't understand or approve of, that is absolutely harmless, legal, and, in this case, has a rational purpose (testing camoflage for future use in hunting) and your first response is "we need more laws to ban it!"

I'm glad you stopped the irrational (given the hunting context of the situation) "but, but, what if?" fear chain at "down my street" and didn't go all-in with a "for the children."

BPollutin
BPollutin

I have to agree with Susan.  A guy who climbs on all four, up a mountain, in the wild, and in a goat suite must have severe psychological problems.  If this guy walked into a bank, a store, down my neighborhood street...I'd have a frickin problem!  The guys a loon...but so are most hunters!

Susan Crofoot Davis
Susan Crofoot Davis

Stop fretting about liberty and rights and freedoms all the conservative B.S. people are spouting about these days.  Considering the number of uneducated nincompoops in the US today, we NEED all the laws we can come up with.

MrComments
MrComments

 Funny, you just said he was not wearing orange, which is against the Law for Hunters, yet you reference our Laws in saying we should leave him alone???  And if he is hunting and it is not hunting season, he should be arrested.

As to hurting others, if another hunter mistakes him for a goat due to him being illegally dressed, and shoots him and he dies, that hunter has to live with that for the rest of his life.  That has an impact on someone else for sure.

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Perhaps you should read the article again.  It isn't hunting season there (last sentence third paragraph) and he wasn't hunting.

Also note from the article he wasn't breaking any laws.

matthew_carberry
matthew_carberry

Not sure why the mandate has to get dragged in, but I can't disagree that he was being stupid.  I just dislike the idea that people should be protected from themselves with legislation.  Stupid should hurt.

And I agree you'll never go wrong assuming a reporter has no clue what they're talking about. ;)

MrComments
MrComments

 OK, I read it quick, as usual the reporter made mistakes because the guy was repeatedly referenced as a "hunter".  So my mistake for not reading it a little closer.

Another good reason for a health care mandate though.  If he gets attacked by goats or an animal of prey due to his attire, and has to be taken away by ambulance or helicopter, and has no health insurance, we the people have to pay for his medical bills. 

Pretty stupid of him to think that no illegal hunters may already be out there.  But yes, stupidity itself is not a crime.