CRR Fire and Rescue helps goat off ledge
A goat, which had somehow gotten itself stranded on a rock ledge in the Crooked River Canyon, was rescued from its perch last Tuesday, along with a man who had climbed down to help the goat.
Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, above Horny Hollow Trail, at Crooked River Ranch. around 8 p.m. Aug. 27, after a concerned citizen called to report that people were trying to reach the goat.
"While investigating the circumstances and location of this incident with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, it was learned that a man had climbed to the goat and was sitting on the same rock ledge," reported Assistant Chief Sean Hartley. "The CRRF&R Rope Rescue Team was activated to the scene to rescue the man and the goat from the ledge."
Ultimately, he noted that the man did not need assistance climbing out, but the Rope Rescue Team safely rescued the goat from the ledge in the canyon.
Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue responded to the incident with four personnel and eight volunteers, along with two engines, a medic, and support vehicle. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office provided mutual aid.
"After discovering that several people had put themselves at risk trying to save the goat, the decision was made to send a trained technical rescuer down the cliff to retrieve it," Hartley reported. "This would
prevent more members of the public from putting themselves in a dangerous situation. The CRRF&R Rope Rescue Team is trained and equipped to assess and respond to these types of emergencies."
If you see a domestic animal in a distressed situation, CRRF&R recommends that you call the nonemergency dispatch number, 541-475-2201 in Jefferson County, or 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County.
"Emergency responders or law enforcement will then assess the situation and determine the best course of action," he added.
The goat was turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which posted photos of the goat on its Facebook page, looking for information on the goat's owner. The owner was located the next day.
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