Four goats killed
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.