What sounded like a person screaming for help led a Healdsburg jogger to call 911 Tuesday morning, sending police on a search only to find the source was a bleating goat, emergency dispatch officials said.
The goat was crying by the side of a second, fallen goat in an area of the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, where coyotes are often heard, dispatchers said.
The jogger called 911 at about 8 a.m., and she was adamant that the cries sounded like a human screaming for help, dispatchers said.
Although the area is outside city limits, a Healdsburg police officer was close to the area and he was on the trail by 8:09 a.m., officials said. He met the jogger at the end of Arabian Way and hiked into the preserve.
They found the source of the screaming at 8:20 a.m., beyond the trail and past a pond.
It wasn’t yet known what would be done about the surviving goat.
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