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Old 04-19-2007, 09:33 AM   #11
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Put my vote for goat, too. They seem to have many characteristics that are goat-like.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:41 AM   #12
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They ar not elk. Elk have branched horns like deer. They look a little like mountain goats. Do you have mountains in Ohio?
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In southern Ohio they do. But not big mountains. Where these have been found are in an eastern suburb of Cleveland. No mountains up here.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:34 AM   #14
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(middie, remember this is the same guy who thought my goats were either sheep or cows)


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Crytozoology was never my strong point, Goat family certainly fits the billy though :)
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:11 AM   #15
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In my opinion, those are goats. In any case, definitely not moose or elk. As someone else stated, from their condition I would also venture that they've either escaped from or been purposely released by someone. Not only are goats BIG-TIME efficient escape artists, but many people have been known to get into them, change their minds, & leave them to fend for themselves. Sad but true. Although I don't have the time to go through every breed on the following list, you may find something on this extremely thorough & well-photographed site that resembles your "wild" Ohio herd. You'll also see that this site states that unlike sheep (domesticated, not wild-breed sheep), escaped domesticated goats are more likely to survive as ferals. Enjoy!

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/goats/
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