Special task force created to control famous street-wondering LLandudno goats

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Llandudno Council have created a special task force to keep tabs on the notorious local herd of Kashmiri mountain goats who regularly roam the streets.

The Kashmiri goats normally live on the Great Orme headland above the seaside town of Llandudno in north Wales. However, they hit the headlines last year for breaking free and heading into the town. They have done so several times since.

During the height of the pandemic, the herd of goats stormed down into Llandudno's town centre and travelled beyond Craig y Don, causing chaos along the way.

goats roam welsh town as coronavirus lockdown empties its streets
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The goats were guilty of chewing on people's hedges, charging up and down the streets, sleeping in bus shelters and fighting each other in public places.

Llandudno's cabinet members met at Bodlondeb this week to discuss the matter. They decided to create a "councillor working group" to help tackle the issue.

goats roam welsh town as coronavirus lockdown empties its streets
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Councillor Chris Cater spoke at the meeting and said he supports the initiative, claiming they have to "do the right thing" for the goats and the town.

Cater said: "They are not owned by anyone. They are on land on the Great Orme and in fact they were there quite comfortable until the pandemic lockdown.

"Then they decided to move elsewhere. They really uplifted the people of Llandudno. They were a joy to see, and they gave us a lot of good publicity, and I think we have to do the right thing for them. I entirely support this initiative."

goats roam welsh town as coronavirus lockdown empties its streets
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Fellow councillor Geoff Stewart: "Much maligned by some, much loved by others. We should be very proud to have these wonderful animals on our doorstep. They are nowhere else in the UK, and it has been asked that we set up a group to establish a way forward for these."

Let's see what solutions they come up with.

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