ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Care Officer Nick Uphus arrived in downtown Palmer Friday afternoon to assist police with the unexpected.


“I thought it was a loose domestic goat when I got the call. I knew Palmer Police would not put a goat in the back of the squad car,” Uphus said in a Mat-Su Borough release. He assists the police with animal calls. “It stood up. And I said, ‘That is a mountain goat!’”


Photo by Matt Hardwig/MSB

Photo by Matt Hardwig/MSB


While a normal sight along scenic Alaska routes, the young goat was “odd” for Uphus and responding law enforcement, Mat-Su Borough officials wrote.


“I’ve been called on reindeer in the road and on a loose bison herd on Lazy Mountain but never a mountain goat in downtown Palmer,” Uphus said.


Mat-Su Borough Animal Care Chief Matt Hardwig was among those who responded to help.


“I’ve never heard of a goat or sheep on this side of the Matanuska River,” said Hardwig, who shot video of the mountain goat darting across a driveway.


Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game tranquilized the goat and returned it to its habitat in the Knik River, Hardwig said in the borough release.


Animal Care Director Kirsten Vesel said “these rare, rare animal stories are the fun side of our work.”


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