OGDEN -- If it's real, it's just a b-a-a-a-d idea.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is attempting to verify the authenticity of a photograph posted on the imaging sharing site www.imgur.com that purports to show an individual in a white goat suit mingling with billy goats on Ben Lomond Peak.
"I want to get with the photographer to determine the validity of the photograph," said Phil Douglass, conservation outreach manager for the DWR.
The date and time when the picture was taken as well as the photographer's identity is not listed on www.imgur.com.
However, Douglass said that last week Frank Howe, a Utah State University liaison for the DWR, received a separate report from an individual who claimed to see a person in a goat suit near Ben Lomond Peak.
If the sightings are true, it's very dangerous for the individual to be mingling with potentially aggressive billy goats, said Douglass.
"Goats have killed people before," he said. "You always need to use caution when near wild animals."
In addition, a goat hunt will begin in the Ben Lomond Peak area in early September. An individual in a goat suit could become a target for hunters, Douglass said.
"It's a bad idea all the way around."
Douglass said while he's heard of sportsman disguising themselves as animals, such as a Canada Goose or hiding in camouflage hunting blinds, he's not aware of anyone donning a goat suit. It's possible that the individual wears the suit to photograph goats or to scout them out in preparation for the upcoming hunt, he said.
Anyone who has information about the photograph or the individual in the goat suit is asked to contact Douglass at 801-476-2740.