Goats are fast and agile, so trying to chase one down may leave you tired and empty-handed. The best way to capture a goat is by using your brains, rather than your brawn. To catch a wild goat, build a goat trap in an area where you know goats reside. After that, simply wait for the trap to do the work for you.
Trap a Wild Goat
Contact local animal authorities regarding trapping wild goats. Learn the laws and regulations regarding trapping, hunting and relocating goats in your area. Do not attempt to trap goats, if they are protected by local laws.
Scout areas where you suspect goats reside. Look for watering holes where goats go to drink. You should be able to identify signs of goats in the area by the hoof prints they leave behind in the dirt. The disadvantage to setting up a trap near a watering hole is the possibility that you will also catch other animals in your trap.
Construct a goat-proof fence around the watering hole. It should be at least five feet high to prevent the goat from jumping over it.
Build the fence with a few one-way access gates or ramps. A one-way access gate will allow the goat to enter the fence to get to the water, but not leave. Check your goat pen on a regular basis. Be prepared to encounter more than just goats. Depending on the wildlife in your area, you may also capture wild boar, which is a dangerous animal to confront unarmed and unprepared.
Trap a Domesticated Goat
Place grain or goat feed in a large bowl, to use as a lure. The best way to capture a goat in a pen is to entice it with food.
Approach the goat slowly. Hold the bowl of grain out towards to goat. Wait for the goat to express interest.
Offer the grain to the goat, while you situate yourself beside it. If you can, entice it to move, until it is against a wall or a fence. Limit the space it has to maneuver.
Grab the goat by its collar to stop it from running away. If the goat does not have a collar, you can also grab it by its horns, while you slip a collar around its neck. A rope with a slip-knot will work just as well as a collar.
Baptist Johnson was first published in 2000 when a poem he wrote won first prize in a local writing contest. He also writes and edits for Etched Press Society, a micro-publishing company based in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from East Carolina University.