Calgary city police use the services of livestock inspector Michael Tucker (R) to take this goat that was on the lam into custody after police corralled it into a yard in Calgary on September 2, 2013. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Mike Tucker is no stranger to rounding up horses and cows that escape and wind up where they're not supposed to be, but his Monday morning included a different kind of call.
"This would be a first for a goat in the city -- we were a little surprised," said Tucker, who works for Livestock Identification Services Ltd., the company delegated by the province to help round up loose livestock.
The call came about 9 a.m. from Calgary police, who were wrapped up in the most unusual of chases -- one that involved four legs instead of wheels.
"They just said they had a goat in Calgary and were having some troubles getting it caught," Tucker said.
Cops were hot on the hooves of the furry fugitive for about 20 minutes, chasing it around Forest Lawn after it was first sighted near 19 Ave. and 37 St. S.E., Insp. Steve Ellefson said.
When Tucker arrived, he loaded the black and white billy goat, which he believes is about two years old, into a trailer.
"There was nothing wrong with it, just a little skittish is all," he said.