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Posted by GoatWorld on June 27, 2002 at 20:25:20:


09:00 - 24 June 2002

A bitter row has erupted in North Devon over its famous wild goat herd, which besides devastating local gardens is turning its attention to one of Britain's most attractive cricket grounds.

Criticism follows the cancellation of this year's annual cull of the feral goats in the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton, where there are frequent complaints about the damage they cause. Walls and fences are broken down, trees stripped, and gardens trampled by the goats, who have lived in the valley for centuries, and aggressive billies are frightening off visitors.

Now, Lynton and Lynmouth Cricket Club is joining the campaign for action. It says its ground in the Valley of the Rocks - voted one of the most attractive in Britain - is being seriously damaged by the goats and becoming too expensive to repair.

Club chairman Derek Bishop said: "The situation has steadily deteriorated and poor management has led to a population explosion among the goats."

But Friends of the Goats group organiser Mrs Jan Hunt says this year's planned autumn cull will not go ahead because it is not considered essential.

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