200 goats escaped into the streets of Issaquah

Goats have been corralled back into enclosure.

As many as 200 goats were briefly on the loose in the Issaquah Highlands Tuesday (July 30) evening after they escaped an enclosure.

The goats — used by the grazing land-maintenance service Healing Hooves — were on assignment at the time of their 6 p.m. escape. Though their owner, shepherd Craig Madsen, isn’t sure how they got out, his best guess is that a fence or post was knocked over by one goat with the rest following suit.

When Madsen realized what had happened, his first thought was, “I gotta get them back into the pen.”

This isn’t the first time the goats have escaped while cleaning up property for Healing Hooves. In 2016, for instance, teenagers set off fireworks and scared the animals, resulting in a similar situation.

When asked if he has any specific technique to make the wrangling process easier, Madsen said it varies.

“You have to adapt to whatever the situation is,” he said.

Most of the goats, whom Madsen said split into groups, eventually wound up at a patch of land about a quarter of a mile away from where they had originally been grazing. Goats who splintered off into the neighborhood were put back into their original pen.

Madsen was especially appreciative of the Issaquah residents who saw what was happening and helped him track down and wrangle the goats.

On Friday, Aug. 1, Madsen planned to take a brief pre-planned vacation, then continue business as usual. He and his goats will return to the highlands later in the year, as well as embark on projects in Central Washington, Seattle and Fall City.

Though able to maintain a sense of humor, Madsen still hopes it never happens again.

“Each tool has its own advantages and disadvantages,” he said. “The disadvantage with goats is that they have a mind of their own, and that they can get out.”

More in News

Issaquah candidate campaign funding

Many candidates chose to raise less than $5,000, allowing them not to report.

Mayor Mary Lou Pauly has appointed Wally Bobkiewicz as Issaquah’s next city administrator. Photo courtesy of city of Issaquah
Wally Bobkiewicz is Issaquah’s new city administrator

The city council confirmed the appointment during its Aug. 12 meeting.

Mark Lundborg, fencer and CFO of Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy (WFA), will be competing in the 2019 Veteran World Championships in Cairo, Egypt. Madison Miller / staff photo
Lundborg to compete in at the 2019 Veteran World Championships

The 59-year-old recently won the veteran men’s individual saber at the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

District Court Judge Peter Nault dies after 25 years on the bench

The county council will appoint a judge to fill the open spot.

Dave Stuby’s long career in dispatching was honored last month during a governing board meeting in Kirkland. He is the first enrolled in NORCOM’s Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of NORCOM
Issaquah resident spent 33 years in 911 dispatching

Dave Stuby is the first enrolled in NORCOM’s Hall of Fame.

The intended bike park will be located near the soccer fields of Pad 3, under the BPA power lines and north of the Central Park-Falls Drive trail. Photo courtesy of the city of Issaquah
Bike park construction expected in 2020 if funding is secured

Issaquah Highlands plans to implement a bike park in Central Park.

Rattlesnake Lake. Image by Google Maps
Issaquah man drowns at Rattlesnake Lake

Body recovered by dive unit on Aug. 7.

Spring Chinook salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish and Wildlife Service
State awards millions for salmon recovery

Puget Sound counties received more than $45 million.

Marty Wine and Wally Bobkiewicz are the two finalists for Issaquah’s city administrator. Madeline Coats/staff photo
Two candidates remain for the open city administrator position

Marty Wine and Wally Bobkiewicz sat down with city officials and residents of Issaquah.

Most Read