Goats on the lam wind up in precarious position

2010-09-01T18:34:00Z 2010-09-03T11:29:17Z Goats on the lam wind up in precarious positionGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
September 01, 2010 6:34 pm  • 

Two goats stranded on the ledge of a train bridge over Old Divide Road were rescued on Wednesday.

 The Rimrock Humane Society, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Roundup, received a call at 8 a.m. Wednesday from a person reporting the stranded goats.

The tracks lead from the Signal Peak coal mine to Broadview.

Sandy Church, president of the Rimrock Humane Society, said the goats had been there for two days.

Church, her friend Cory Freeman from Animal Edventures and a Musselshell County sheriff’s deputy found the goats perched on a 6-inch wide angled ledge  on the 60-foot-high bridge.

“We have absolutely no idea how or why these little critters would go out on this bridge,” Church said. “The only thing we can figure is it happened at night and they were unsure of their surroundings. Once morning came, they were too scared to walk back where they came from.”

Church called associates and brainstormed how to get the animals down. Freeman kept watch over the animals, while the deputy handled traffic.

Byron Kinn, surface superintendent for Signal Peak Energy, came to the bridge, checked out the situation and said the mine had equipment that could reach the animals. Mine boss John DeMichiei signed off on the plan and the goats were rescued by about 1 p.m., Church said.

The goats are well, Church said, although they were exhausted and slept all afternoon.

The Rimrock Humane Society normally deals with dogs and cats, but Church said she was glad to help the goats.

Church said the animals wore collars and that she is looking for their owner.

For more information, call 406-323-3687.

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