Goat man -- and, by this, I mean a man dressed from head to toe as a goat -- was spotted by a hiker who was making his way through the Utah mountains. After stumbling upon a herd of goats, the adventurist decided to take a break and enjoy the scenery for a moment. However, when one of the goats seemed to split apart from the pack, photographer Coty Creighton became concerned for the little guy's well-being. To make sure everything was okay, he grabbed a pair of binoculars and zoomed in close. What he discovered kind of creeped him out.
Instead of staring at an actual goat, Creighton soon realized he was looking at a man dressed as a goat. In addition to sporting a full body costume, this peculiar gentleman was reportedly wearing a crudely-fashioned cloth mask complete with horns and eyeholes. Coty didn't know what, precisely, to make this extremely bizarre encounter.
"I thought, 'What is this guy doing?'" Creighton explained. "He was actually on his hands and knees. He was climbing over rocks and bushes and pretty rough terrain on a steep hillside."
In order to properly navigate the terrain, Goat Man had to pull up his mask from time-to-time. It was around then that he appeared to spot Creighton, causing him to freeze in his tracks. Caught in the act, the man took off his mask and had a seat on the ground. After the photographer moved behind a tree to conceal his position, the man donned the mask once again, dropped to his hands and knees, and scrambled off in search of his herd.
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stated the man was doing nothing wrong, though he did wish to warn the guy about the inherent dangers of pretending to be a goat in the wilderness. Not only could he agitate the real goats, he might get a blast of buckshot in his backside for his troubles. Something to think about.
"There's a saying we have among biologists: You don't go far enough, you don't get the data. You go too far, you don't go home. The same is true with some wildlife enthusiasts," Douglass said. "I want people to enjoy Utah's wildlife. We live in a really neat place. We have wildlife all around us. We just want people to be safe."
If the guy isn't doing anything wrong, then let him run around as a goat. As long as he's not harming anyone in the process, I really don't see any reason for concern. Twitter users seem to agree, though they're a bit more clever with their remarks and I. Have a look at some reactions below. By the way -- Good job, Coty. All this guy wanted to do was play with his goats. Instead, you turned him into a laughing stock. Thumbs up, buddy.
UPDATE: The truth behind the mysterious Goat Man has been revealed. Check out our recent article on this bizarre story by clicking right here.
The news is pretty rough sledding until you get to the story about The Mysterious Goat Man of Utah.
I told you we could be together when Utah no longer needed the Goat man, but I don't think there will be a time when you don't need him.
Heard on NPR: man in UT dressing up as mountain goat and running around on all fours with a herd. I don't love goats THAT much.
I still can't get over this guy. I wonder what's going on in his head - Goat Man Frolicks Through the Utah Wilderness http://t.co/9H03SGj2