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'Goat Man' Is A Hunter: Utah Officials

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OGDEN, Utah -- State wildlife officials have identified the man who has been spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday the mystery man is a 57-year-old hunter from Southern California.

Douglass told the Standard-Examiner that the hunter called officials and provided enough information to put their curiosity to rest. Douglass says he didn't ask for a name.

The man told Douglass he was preparing for an archery hunt of mountain goats next year and testing a goat suit. Douglass says the hunter came to Utah because he heard it was easier to get near goats for training.

The man described his suit as a hooded painter's uniform and a fleece.

Last week, conservation officials said that "Goat Man" might be in danger of being shot by hunters or attacked by real goats. But this week, they've changed their tune after Douglass met the man.

"I'm satisfied that this was a person preparing for a hunt and did it with knowledge and experience," Douglass told The Standard. "Hunters do some amazingly creative things to be successful."

The man told Douglass that he had no idea he was being watched or photographed before a photo of him in the goat suit went viral.

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