He'd been spotted on the lam for several weeks now, but police in Inver Grove Heights finally got their goat.

Inver Grove Heights Police/Facebook

What's that? Well, for the past several weeks, a lone, white goat had been spotted by various residents in Inver Grove Heights, the southeast Twin Cities suburb that's just about an hour north of Rochester on Highway-52.

The goat wasn't reported missing by any area farm, so police were puzzled. He was spotted several times over the last few weeks at various houses in IGH. I took an interest in this goat-on-the-lam story because I, too, had spotted him.

It was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and my wife and I were headed back to Rochester. Sure enough, there the goat was, right along the guardrail of the northbound lanes of Highway-52, just before the Concord Street exit.

I said to my wife, "Hey-- is that a goat right there?!?" because while I've driven that stretch of Highway-52 many times, you don't usually see what appears to be a goat behind the guardrail, and I almost didn't believe what I was seeing.

Turns out, Iggy-- as he was named in honor of the community where he was living-- was finally safely captured by Inver Grove Heights police earlier this week. They posted pictures of Iggy's humane capture on their Facebook page. He's spending a few days at the U of M's Large Animal Hospital and after that, he'll be making his home at Farmaste, a Minnesota-based non-profit animal sanctuary located in Lindstrom.

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