Huge Herd of Goats Take Over Entire Neighborhood


So how was your Friday last week?  It was a more exciting morning than usual for a West Boise neighborhood when they woke up to find their lawns cut for free!

Amazingly enough, a herd of 118 goats were making their rounds and were taking advantage of any snacks found along the way.

The goats, of course, attracted a crowd quickly enough and the authorities were called.  Animal control brought in a truck to help round up the rowdy beasts, but learned they’d need backup.  Lots of it.

Where the Goats Came From

When question by KTVB, residents at first weren’t sure where the goats had originated from, but quickly figured out that they belonged to a company called We Rent Goats.

The company rents the goats to help clear weeds and other unwanted growth from people’s yards, so it looks like this particular neighborhood scored a freebie!

How They Escaped


Kim and Matt Gabica, the owners of We Rent Goats said that their goats had been grazing at a storm retention pond nearby when they managed to break through a fence.

“They’re very creative escape artists, sometimes, so just when you think you have all the containment figured out, they find a way that you didn’t think of,” she said.

The good news is that the goats are fairly laid back and well socialized, so they didn’t cause too much of a commotion beyond the sheer number involved.

Rescued Safely


The fun had to come to an end, however, and the Gabicas quickly rounded up and loaded all of the goats into a trailer with help from the neighbors.  One neighbor was quoted as saying “I’m probably going to tell them that I saw the most wild thing ever!” while another said he had no plans to tear himself away from the goats “until someone drags me inside or until they’re taken away.”

At the end of the day, the goats were able to go on a little adventure and the neighborhood gained a really unique story to talk about over their weekend.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me, even if the goats were a little baaaa’d.