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July 25, 2012 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

'Goat man' was hunter in disguise

SALT LAKE CITY, July 25 (UPI) -- A Utah wildlife official said the mysterious "goat man" photographed crawling near some goats was a California hunter testing out a goat stalking disguise.

Phil Douglass, conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said he was contacted recently by a 57-year-old California man who revealed he had donned a goat suit July 15 and appeared in Coty Creighton's photograph near Ben Lomond Peak just north of Ogden, the Ogden Standard-Examiner reported Tuesday.

Douglass said the man, who did not give his name, gave information substantiating his claims and said he was testing out the goat suit for an upcoming hunting trip.

"He gave me details that convinced me it was him," Douglass said. "I'm satisfied that this was a person preparing for a hunt and did it with knowledge and experience."

Creighton said he had enjoyed the mystery about the goat man's identity.

"I thought I wanted answers, but I was naive. I should have left well enough alone. Now I just want the mystery back," he said.


Dog saves man from snake

CLASKSVILLE, Tenn., July 25 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man said his black Labrador, a former Army dog, saved him when he was confronted by a copperhead snake while out for a walk.

Darrell Layne, 70, a Navy veteran, said he was walking July 14 on a friend's farmland in Clarksville with his 5-year-old dog, Onex, an Army veteran who served in the Middle East, when he noticed the venomous snake at his feet, Gannett Tennessee reported Tuesday.

"I'm looking down, and not far was a copperhead," he said. "He was coiled up and ready to strike me."

Layne said Onex growled at the snake and got its attention. He said he killed the snake with a fence post but not before it bit his dog twice on the face.

"I would have never got out of there," Layne said. "He got real sick on me before we got back to the truck."

Layne said he took Onex to a veterinarian, where he underwent two days of fluids and anti-venom.

The man said the incident strengthened his friendship with the dog.

"He's very protective of me, and I've noticed this more since this happened," he said. "I know what could have been if I didn't have him."


22-year-old woman running for N.Y. senate

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old New York woman running for the state Senate said the film "Legally Blonde" taught her to "take pink and make it sophisticated."

Mindy Meyer, who is running as a Republican and Conservative against Democratic incumbent Kevin Parker, said Rudy Giuliani is her political idol and Reese Witherspoon's character in "Legally Blonde" is her style idol for showing "you can take pink and make it sophisticated," the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Her Web site, MindyMeyer4Senate.com, features pictures of the candidate superimposed over the U.S. Capitol, instead of the state Capitol in Albany, and dressed as Katniss from "The Hunger Games" with a caption reading, "No more 'Hunger Games' in our district!"

The Web site reads "I'm a Senator and I know it" while a instrumental version of the LMFAO hit "Sexy and I Know It" plays in the background.

Meyer, who obtained a political science degree from Touro College, said she "fell asleep" looking at other political Web sites.

Parker told Web site City & State he is taking Meyer's campaign seriously.

New York Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar said he is glad to have Meyer on the ticket.

"She's a law-school student, she's extremely intelligent, she is very focused on this race, and I'm excited to have a candidate who's getting all this attention!" he said.


Air Force plane lands in wrong place

TAMPA, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force said it is investigating after a C-17 cargo plane that landed at an airport about 10 miles from its intended destination.

The Air Force said the plane landed Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, about 10 miles from MacDill Air Force Base, where it was supposed to land, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

"I'm quite sure the crew was embarrassed," said Deric Dymerski, president of Atlas Aviation, which runs ground operations at Peter O. Knight Airport.

"They weren't on our frequency. They just showed up," he said. "They obviously, well, I'm speculating, mistook it -- all appearances are they mistook the airport for MacDill Air Force Base."

The Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois said the aircraft was en route to the base following Central Command operations in southwest Asia.

Maj. James Bressendorff, AMC public affairs executive officer, said he could not provide details of the mission or the mistaken landing because the investigation is ongoing.

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