Paradise Ranch Packgoats

This photo was taken while we (8 people & 15 Packgoats) were retreating from the banks of the Buffalo River, where we had been camping, as the river was rising rapidly to get 23 feet out of its banks. Instead of getting back in the water to make numerous water crossing these powerful packgoats carried 450 lbs of equipment 5 miles up and over the mountain. A WETHER is a neutered male goat. The “All Wether Marching Band”, for many years, was the largest group of working Packgoats in the U.S. with as many as 53 members. Today some “Members of the Band” exceed 300 lbs and have been known to carry 35% of their body weight, they do not need to be led and require no feed to be taken. They “ARE” the most sure footed creature on earth and the only animal better with water (and only slightly) is a camel. They are extremely loyal, very social and one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. They are not panic-ed by blood and are very capable of carrying game out of difficult terrain. By far the pack animal of choice!

Photographer Name: Dwite & Mary Sharp
Date: January 01, 1970
Location: Buffalo River, Arkansas

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