Bearded intruders secretly penetrate heavily guarded site

Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 01:54 pm
Goats slip past security fence near NYC bridge

Aug 6, 7:47 AM (ET)

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a report calculated to send chills through those charged with anti-terrorist vigilance in New York City: Bearded intruders secretly penetrate heavily guarded transportation site.

But it turned out the would-be trespassers were goats imported by the National Park Service to clean up poison ivy and other unwanted weeds at historic Fort Wadsworth, a 200-year-old Revolutionary War rampart on Staten Island near the Verrazano Bridge.

Brian Feeney, a park service spokesman, said the goats are brought down yearly from a farm near Rhinebeck, N.Y., and escaped about two weeks ago.

According to officials, the dozen goats - or, as the Daily News described them, "weapons of grass destruction" - managed to slip under a metal fence separating the fort from bridge property, without setting off electronic alarms or sensors installed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to guard against intruders.

In a statement, the MTA's Bridge and Tunnel Division said the fence was not actually part of the bridge protection system. Because the animals did not get past a second, more formidable fence, the agency said, "there was no security breach" affecting the bridge that spans New York harbor between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The goats were spotted by a human bridge guard, rounded up and put back in their pen at Fort Wadsworth.

Photos via Daily News report
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Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 02:06 pm
Fortuntely, no goat has committed acts of mass destruction on American soil.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 02:41 pm
Can you be really certain about that, edgar? I wouldn't feel save now ...
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Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 02:46 pm
I would not categorically assert same, but do feel reasonably confident.
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Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 02:48 pm
And just because they haven't, doesn't mean they won't.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 02:56 pm
They are most certainly on the potential list already ...
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