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Alaska animal officials seek public help in capturing goat

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An escaped Alaska goat continued to elude capture despite a widely shared social media request by animal control officers for public assistance, officials said. Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control officers were on the lookout for the goat first reported missing Monday around 10 a.m., The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday. The male goat was still on the loose as of noon Tuesday. The animal is used to being in a herd and is not a pet, said animal control operations manager Sandy Hill. “He’s very savvy. That’s why the public can also help us,” Hill said. “We definitely encourage folks who have ideas to let us know. Our main concern is public safety and making sure that he stays off the roadways.” Animal control officials asked the public to contact a law enforcement phone number in a social media post that was shared more than 500 times. Sightings by area residents were shared on Facebook. A message posted at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday included photographs of the animal and a message reading, “Someone missing a goat in the Wilcox area?” The goal of animal control officers was to “gently herd” the goat into an area with natural barriers such as high fences, Hill said.

Researchers say 13-foot shark bitten by even bigger shark

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Researchers say they’ve come across a nearly 13-foot great white shark with teeth marks on its jaw and head. They say it was likely bitten by an even bigger shark. The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that the heavily scarred 1,164-pound shark was captured earlier this month off the coast of Nova Scotia. Satellite tracking shows the shark named Vimy has since traveled more than 600 miles south to the coast off Maryland. OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer said he has two guesses about why the shark might have been bitten. It was either competing with other male sharks for a female. Or he tried mating with a larger female, and she bit him. Fischer said the teeth marks suggest the attacker was two or more feet longer.