Goat story: Caretakers look to move Southeast's urban herd

Christopher Frankonis

The Urban Goats regularly enthrall passers-by their Southeast Belmont Street quarters. Now their caretakers are looking for a new site that's publicly accessible.

Here’s one for all the goats in our lives.

Or at least the herd of goats in Southeast Portland that have captivated a growing number of visitors throughout 2013. A group of fans that has effectively become caretakers of the herd is looking for a new city spot at which the creatures can graze.

The herd currently inhabits the former Monte Carlo restaurant spot at Southeast Belmont between 10th and 11th avenues. The site’s owner — the caretakers call the plot “Goat Field” — plans to develop the huge lot and needs the herd to leave by Jan. 1.

The herd’s caretakers will take the goats to “an undisclosed location” on a privately owned spot for four to six months as it seeks a new home, preferably with easy public access, for a year or two.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, the site was open to those who could explore the urban goats up close. The site is now locked down to protect the animals as they prepare to move.

In the past six months, at least two goats have been born at the site. Earlier this month, vandals snatched one of the goats and painted or dyed its horns red.

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