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Large mountain goat reported near Mammoth Spring

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Photo/Mark Noah courtesy of Josh Rogers This large Colorado ram has been sited by several locals near Mammoth Spring.
Normally this time of year, the most notable thing jumping in front of vehicles and visible on country roads, and sometimes in cities is deer. An animal much larger than a deer around here has been spotted near Mammoth Spring by several locals, who say the animal appears to be a huge Colorado Ram. Mark Noah, a resident of Weatherstone Road, near Riverside Resort in Mammoth Spring spotted a huge ram with his goats. Later, Sonnie Chaffin, owner of the resort also spotted the monsterous animal on his campground.

Although it is unclear how the huge goat arrived in Spring River country, it is clear that the huge curly horned creature has been causing quite a stir with those spending time near the Spring River. Mammoth Spring Police Officer Mark Davis said his brother Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis, says they have both seen the goat and from pictures captured from Noah's cell phone, it is obvious this creature is a long way from home.

It is unclear where the goat originated, but some say it may have escaped flooding and made its way to Arkansas. Others speculate that it might have escaped from a nearby family who raises goats, but there have been no accounts of a goat missing. By some of the sightings, the sheep could weigh between 600-1,000 pounds. A group camped at Riverside Resort were even "held hostage" in their cabin as the huge animal circled their cabin causing them to stay inside for fear of being harmed by the huge horns of the goat.

Special thanks to Josh Rogers for providing the information for this story. He is a resident of Thayer, Mo., who first heard about the goat Nov. 10 from Mammoth Spring Police Officer Mark Davis.

For more images of the sheep, visit Rogers Web site at www.funnestplaceintheworld.com.

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