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Utah's Frolicking Costumed "Goat Man" Is a SoCal Hunter

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Perhaps never has a man in a goat suit so swiftly captured the hearts and minds (and mouseclicks) of Americans as the one who was recently spotted "frolicking" on a peak in Utah. So who is the guy dubbed "goat man"? He's a hunter from Southern California.

How did this all get started? Well, about a week ago in Ogden, Utah, came word that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was looking into a photo posted to "that purports to show an individual in a white goat suit mingling with billy goats on Ben Lomond Peak," according to the Standard-Examiner.

There had also been a sighting from an individual who'd been in the vicinity, and, if it were true, the DWR was worried; Phil Douglass, conservation outreach manager for the DWR, explained that "it’s very dangerous for the individual to be mingling with potentially aggressive billy goats.

Monday, Douglass confirmed that man is a 57-year-old hunter who hails from SoCal--though where specifically and what the man's name is have not been published.

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So why was this man in a goat get-up in Utah? The man said he traveled to the Ben Lomond Peak area to test out a goat suit to get ready for for an archery hunt of mountain goats he's planning to attend in Canada next year, Douglass said.

The suit? It's just a rigged hooded painter's outfit with Polarfleece added on. The hunter wore a hat backwards with the brim pulled low to his chin to mimic a billy goat beard. No word on if he's deeming the suit successful for his upcoming hunting event.