Goats that missed contraceptive jabs due to Covid sent to England

Goats who invaded Welsh seaside town and caused chaos for a year are finally rounded up and deported to England

  • The Kashmiri goats venture down into Llandudno in search of something to eat 
  • But flocked in record numbers after not getting contraception jabs amid Covid 
  • Now 30 will be moved to Bristol and Bournemouth to manage population levels  

Mountain goats who took over a Welsh seaside town are being relocated to England after their numbers boomed during the pandemic.

The Kashmiri goats frequently venture down into Llandudno in search of something to eat when food is scarce in Spring.

But they have recently flocked in record numbers after not getting their contraception injections due to coronavirus.

Now 30 will be moved to Bristol and Bournemouth with Conwy Council hoping the relocation will keep the population at a ‘sustainable level’.

Mountain goats who took over a Welsh seaside town are being relocated to England after their numbers boomed during the pandemic 

The goats’ fame spread after being pictured roaming the empty streets of Llandudno during the first lockdown.

However, numbers spiked when the pandemic meant contraceptive jabs could not be administered to the goats as usual.

As they ventured further into the town, there were fears some could be hit by cars as restrictions were eased.

The goats have now been rounded up, with some given contraceptive injections to make sure the numbers in Llandudno remain stable, the council said.

The 19 female goats given a birth control hormone will stay in Llandudno.

And a further 30 animals have been sent to Bristol and Bournemouth to be part of ‘conservation grazing projects’. 

The Kashmiri goats frequently venture down into Llandudno in search of something to eat when food is scarce in Spring

Now 30 will be moved to Bristol and Bournemouth with Conwy Council hoping the relocation will keep numbers at ‘sustainable levels’

The aim is for the goats to eat invasive and aggressive plant species allowing rarer plants to grow through. 

A count of goat numbers in Llandudno is due to take place later this year during the mating season but the number remaining in the town is thought to be over 100.

Councillor Greg Robbins said it was not the first time goats from the area had been relocated to other areas.

‘We’ve relocated groups of goats to other parts of the UK on several occasions since 2001, as part of managing the herd size,’ he told the BBC.

A count of goat numbers in Llandudno is due to take place later this year during the mating season but the number remaining in the town is thought to be over 100 

The goats have now been rounded up, with some given contraceptive injections to make sure the numbers in Llandudno remain stable, the council said 

‘The Animal and Plant Health Agency, who administer the injection, and also monitor and advise on population management, were happy with the outcome.

‘The goats are wild animals, but several organisations have an interest in them due to land ownership, conservation or animal welfare: the council, Mostyn Estates Ltd, Natural Resources Wales and the RSPCA Aberconwy branch.’

The goats are due to be given the jabs again in three years time. 

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