Re: “Goat-goring lawsuit is ridiculous” (letter, 8-11).
I represent the family of the man killed by the 350-pound goat. It is sad but so prevalent that people make judgments about situations and cases with no knowledge of the facts. Here are some facts in this case:
- This goat was unusually large and very aggressive.
- National park policies require that aggressive animals that regularly come near humans be removed or killed, before someone gets hurt.
- The National Park Service knew for four years that this animal regularly and aggressively encountered human beings.
- The park service shot and killed an aggressive female elk that had not hurt any human at the park. Its offense was damaging a tent and charging a car. The shooting followed procedure. Why was it not followed with the goat?
- If this goat had been a bear or cougar, we probably would not be having this conversation.
There is more, but I choose not to fully try this case against uninformed opinions in the media. I felt I had to say something.
We are familiar with the saying, “What are you waiting for? Someone to be killed?” Sadly, that is what happened in this case.
I defend the right of people to speak their minds. They should, in turn, respect the right of my clients to ask a court of law to judge their claims based on the evidence and the law, not on bias or prejudice.