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Goat eludes animal control, golfer at Country Club course

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com 340-2469

Hey, Baasheba, want to play a round of golf?

Apparently not, the goat responded with her actions.

A golfer gave chase in a cart but was not able to catch the elusive goat. Decatur Animal Control didn't have much luck either.

Baasheba, the black nanny goat that has been eluding authorities for about two weeks, was spotted Tuesday in several yards on Fairway Circle Southeast and on the golf course at Decatur Country Club.

With a posse of city animal control officials chasing, the goat left Bruce and Vivian Pylant's backyard, crossed the street and headed for the golf course.

"She's been eating in our backyard since at least Sunday," Vivian Pylant said.

Animal control officer Miles Naylor said the goat, which appears to be pregnant, has been chased so much that she is scared to death.

"We're trying to catch her, and we're asking everybody to be patient," Naylor said.

The goat appears to be fond of Southeast Decatur because that's where all the sightings have been.

One resident in the Fairway Circle area reported Tuesday that Baasheba has made visits to her yard at about noon since Sunday.

"I caught her enjoying water from the birdbath today (Tuesday)," the reader wrote.

The Daily has received several photos of the goat and advice on how to catch it.

Goat owner Liz Sexton offered to help catch the goat and adopt her.

"If someone will get some sweet feed and put it out at their house, she will keep coming back," said Sexton.

She said goats are "creatures of habit" and will come eat at the same time every day.

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