White goat spotted at Franklin Mountain State Park

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Over the past two months Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have received numerous calls about a white goat seen roaming the side slopes of Trans Mountain Road in the area known as Smugglers Pass.

TPWD officials are aware of the situation and through multiple observations and photographs, have confirmed that the animal in questions is in fact a domestic (now feral) goat, which could have escaped from a nearby farm or may have been intentionally released on the side of the road.

TPWD would like to ensure everyone that neither the goat, the public nor the state park are in any imminent harm or danger. The goat can survive in this area for quite a while and, if necessary, it will relocate on its own. Due to the feral state of the goat and the rugged conditions of the terrain, removing the goat from the area would be difficult and dangerous for both the animal and wildlife officials conducting the relocation.

Based on these considerations, TPWD will not be taking any action to actively capture, remove, or relocate the goat. Further questions may be directed to park staff at Franklin Mountain State Park by calling 915-566-6441.

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