Police corral escaped Issaquah landscaping goats

August 16, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah police officers encountered a difficult-to-wrangle opponent July 26 — goats munching across the landscape.*

Police responded to a report of a goat in the street near Northwest Village Park Drive and Champery Place Northwest at about 12:30 p.m. and, at the scene, found a citizen holding a goat on a dog leash. The officer managed to corral the goat into a fenced area.

Then, as the officer returned to the patrol cruiser, the citizen yelled and said more goats had escaped from the fenced area.

The officer herded five more goats and returned the ruminants to the fenced area. In the meantime, about 20 more goats escaped and ran into Northwest Village Park Drive, prompting the officer to call for backup.

Moments later, three more officers responded to the scene to help contain the goats.

The initial officer on the scene asked the dispatcher to contact the homeowners association and the municipal Public Works Operations Department to determine the goats’ owner. The officer also asked for public works crews to help wrangle the goats.

Together, police officers and public works employees managed to return the goats to the fenced area. The goats’ owner then arrived and secured the fenced area.

The animals sometimes escape from designated areas. Officers also acted as herders May 30 after some animals escaped.

*The article contains corrected information.

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