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"Goat dead, missing, or kidnapped?"

"The continuing animal saga at the farm of Mel and Frances Ogden took a strange twist last Saturday night. This time, one of their goats just disappeared.For weeks, the Ogdens have been seeking help in catching a predator that has been killing their ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese and pygmy goats. Several times they have heard noises at night and gone outside to find an animal dead or bloody evidence that it had been taken away.But last Saturday was different. Frances Ogden said family members heard a ruckus, went to the fenced-in area where the goats are kept, and found that the grandkids' goat was missing.There was no blood or hair on the fences, as has been found in the past when the predator dragged a kill over the fence. Frances Ogden said the goat may have been so frightened that it somehow got through or over the Cyclone-type fence and disappeared. We can't find the goat, she said. Maybe it ran off. Or, its carcass has to be somewhere.Linda Ogden lives in Coupeville but visits her parents' Midvale farm a few times a week. She helped look for the missing goat, but with no success. This is crazy, she said. He was friendly; he wouldn't run from anything.The Ogdens have lost several pygmy goats to the predator, but those were small, weighing 15 to 25 pounds. This goat was estimated by Mel Ogden to weigh 90 pounds.Anyone who finds a goat, dead or alive, is asked to call the Ogdens. This goat is of the Boer breed, a white male with droopy ears and a brown head. Call 321-6545 if you have any information.Ralph Downes, Wildlife Agent for this area, has visited the Ogden farm and has been kept up to date on the dead animals. There is a theory that a large cat is responsible, but he thinks the predator is a coyote. A small animal can drag one much larger than itself, he said. We won't be too surprised what the culprit is. "

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