Four goats killed

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS• - GLEN­WOOD (TC MEDIA)

Jud Nick­er­son is re­liv­ing the pain he ex­pe­ri­enced one year ago when some­one killed his 14month-old goat in Yar­mouth County with a pel­let gun. Only this time it’s worse.

On Satur­day in Glen­wood, four of his five goats were shot at close range with a .22 ri­fle while they were sleep­ing.

A buck and a large doe, that was still nurs­ing her two-mon­thold kid, died. Two of the sur­viv­ing goats were wounded: one in the neck and another in the stom­ach. One goat es­caped un­scathed.

Nick­er­son found a shell and a bullet on the ground less than eight feet from where the goats had bed­ded down for the night in an open shel­ter.

Nick­er­son farms his goats for milk and meat, but also has a close at­tach­ment to the gen­tle, in­quis­i­tive an­i­mals.

“Ev­ery day I pat those goats,” he said, his voice shak­ing. “It’s not like it’s a herd of cows where you go out and dump hay in the field,” he said.

He’s nurs­ing the goat with the belly wound at home but took Meggie, the doe with the neck wound, to the East Pub­nico breeder he bought her from, Barry Good­win.

“She’s one lucky goat to even be alive,” said Good­win.

Cpl. Mark Hustins with the Yar­mouth County de­tach­ment says the RCMP is look­ing into the case, but that it is still very early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The case in­volv­ing the pel­let gun shoot­ing from last year re­mains un­solved.


This is one of the two goats that was shot and killed while sleep­ing in Glen­wood, Yar­mouth County.

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