The University of Iowa is encouraging North Liberty residents to report any sightings of a male, cream-and-white goat that escaped a portable carrier during a transfer operation in the UI Research Park Friday, Jan. 29.
The goat, property of the university, has been spotted several times since Friday mostly north of the research park and as far east as the Dubuque Street NE neighborhoods near the Coralville Dam area. Officials with the UI Office of Animal Resources, who have been searching the area daily, say the goat may be approaching the housing developments and farms in the southeast North Liberty area near 12th Avenue.
The goat weighs about 125 pounds and is about the size of a small deer. UI veterinarians say it’s possible the animal will seek out food and shelter in residential areas. It has most often been spotted on front porches or rear patio areas of homes
Although the animal is in excellent health and poses no public health risk, members of the public who spot the animal should contact UI Public Safety at 319-335-5022.