Single goat

Asked September 18, 2018, 3:16 PM EDT

One of my two goats was killed by a cougar. Do I have to get a second goat or will my remaining goat be OK being single?

Linn County Oregon

1 Response

Goats are naturally a herd animal; they prefer to live with other goats and are generally unhappy if forced to live in solitude. A goat kept on it’s own may well become destructive and try to escape by breaking through fences and gates, but this is only to try and find other members of the herd and it is not just being destructive for the fun of it. However, when looking for a new goat, make sure to know that you'll want to introduce them slowly at first to help them become there own little "herd."