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Goat drowns trying to escape Alaska crowds taking its photo


Seward was anything but a peaceful place for at least one lost mountain goat on Saturday. The goat, which had wandered into town, drowned near the Alaska SeaLife Center after jumping into the ocean in an attempt to escape from a crowd of people attempting to take its photo. The animal was unable to get back to shore.

According to reports from the Alaska State Troopers, law enforcement officials were notified at approximately 6:30 p.m. on July 16 that a mountain goat had been spotted near the dike in Seward. They were also notified that a group of people were following the animal in an attempt to photograph it. While attempting to escape, the animal found its way onto the rocks near the Alaska SeaLife Center and jumped into the water.

“Investigation revealed a large amount of people followed the goat towards the SeaLife Center on the rocks,” the Alaska State Troopers wrote, adding the animal had died “for no cause: as people did not give the animal adequate space and came too close to while taking photos.

The goat’s body was recovered from the water by a nearby boat, the Interceptor.

Part of the interest in the mountain goat’s appearance in Seward is that the animals are rarely seen in the area. Mountain goats prefer rocky areas and are more often seen near the Girdwood area of the Seward Highway.


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