Clare goats ‘pro­cre­at­ing like no to­mor­row’ given new home in Louth

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A herd of wild goats that has been roam­ing free in res­i­den­tial and busi­ness ar­eas in En­nis, Co Clare have found a new home — on the other side of the coun­try.

This fol­lows Clare County Coun­cil and oth­ers or­gan­is­ing the trans­fer of the goats to a farmer in Co Louth.

Cllr Mary Howard (FG), who had raised con­cern about the an­i­mals roam­ing near En­nis, said it was “a fan­tas­tic re­sult and a happy end­ing”.

“We couldn’t have asked for bet­ter,” she said.

Clare ISPCA of­fi­cer Frankie Coote con­firmed that the goats were trans­ferred to Co Louth on Wed­nes­day evening.

“It took nine of us to round up the 13 goats in the grounds of Man­gan’s Cash and Carry in En­nis on Tues­day evening. That is where they were stay­ing at night-time,” he said.

The goats were fenced in until trans­ferred by lorry to Co Louth.

Mr Coote said that he has been “be­sieged with calls from peo­ple look­ing to take the goats. I could have re-homed them in 200 homes with the amount of of­fers I re­ceived. There were calls from across the coun­try”.

Cas­trat­ing

Ms Howard said that the goats will “thrive” at their new home.

“Two kids were al­ready elec­tro­cuted at an ESB sub­sta­tion here and a third got knocked down by a car more re­cently so this is the best pos­si­ble out­come.”

Ms Howard told a meet­ing of the En­nis Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict last week that the goats “are pro­cre­at­ing like there is no to­mor­row” and cas­trat­ing the male goats in the herd should be con­sid­ered.

She said that she couldn’t have stood over the herd be­ing culled as the herd is healthy and full of life.

Ms Howard said that it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the goats and their kids caused a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent in En­nis with them run­ning out on the road and cars swerv­ing to avoid.

She said that the goat pop­u­la­tion in Co Louth was dec­i­mated as a re­sult of culling through the foot-and-mouth out­break in 2001 and the trans­fer of the En­nis goats will go some­way to­wards restor­ing the pop­u­la­tion there.

Com­plaints

Mr Coote said that he was re­ceiv­ing a lot of com­plaints from lo­cals in En­nis over the be­hav­iour of the goats.

“They were mov­ing closer to the town cen­tre all the time. They were eat­ing up shrubs while the kid goats were jump­ing up on cars. One woman put down ¤100 worth of shrubs but they were gone within a cou­ple of days af­ter the goats got at them. A lot of peo­ple were up­set by them.”

The goats gen­er­ated in­ter­na­tional head­lines with one UK pa­per re­port­ing that the goats were ter­ror­is­ing the town.

How­ever, Ms Howard said that the goats “were not ter­ror­is­ing the town. I found them to be very friendly”.

‘‘ I could have re-homed them in 200 homes with the amount of of­fers I re­ceived. There were calls from across the coun­try

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