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Why Did Someone Unleash a Bunch of Goats in a Quiet Neighborhood?

The mystery behind a boisterous scene in Boise
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Updated on August 4 at 11:18 a.m. ET

Friday’s forecast for Boise, Idaho, called for clouds with a hint of sunshine and a toasty high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit. It did not call for goats, but there they were.

Joe Parris, a local reporter, shared photos from the the bizarre scene on a residential street: dozens of goats—maybe as many as 100, Parris estimated—meandering across lawns and sidewalks. They munched on grass and climbed up moss-covered trees, bleating gently as they went. Baaaa.

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