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Goat thefts on the rise in Lower Mainland

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 6:46 pm

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“Getting your goat” is more than just an expression for a farmer in Chilliwack, B.C., who had seven goats stolen last week, police say.

Seven does were taken Thursday from a property in the 46000 block of Ballam Road and all were pregnant and valued between $500 and $800 each, said RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck.

Wolbeck said goat thefts are becoming more frequent, with several reports of thefts of the animals in recent months in the Fraser Valley.

One reason could be a higher demand for goat meat, which is low in cholesterol, Wolbeck said.

However, many of the goats from the recent theft were medicated and therefore unsafe to eat, leading to concern about contaminated meat entering the market, police said.

Six of the seven goats stolen in Chilliwack were later found on a farm in Langley, B.C..

Police are warning farmers to do frequent head counts of their livestock.

“The sooner owners are aware that a theft has occurred, the more likely we are to make a recovery,” Wolbeck said.

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