No Goat for You

Yesterday Pam referenced that she would kind of like to have a goat. I thought that sounded like fun and decided to do a little research to discover if we can keep a goat on our property in the great village of Plover. Unfortunately, from my reading of the ordinance we aren’t allowed to have a goat in residence on our property (here’s the ordinance). That stinks.

While reading about goats I was struck by the specific list of exotic animals that are forbidden from being housed in the village of Plover. Here’s the list:

  • All poisonous animals, including rear-fang snakes.
  • All nonhuman primates, including but not limited to apes, chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, orangutans and siamangs.
  • Baboons.
  • Bears.
  • Bison.
  • Cheetahs.
  • Constrictor snakes.
  • Coyotes.
  • Crocodilians.
  • Deer.
  • Elephants.
  • Game cocks and other fighting birds.
  • Hippopotami.
  • Hyenas.
  • Jaguars.
  • Leopards.
  • Lions.
  • Lynxes.
  • Monkeys, either old world or new world.
  • Ostriches.
  • Pumas.
  • Rhinoceroses.
  • Sharks.
  • Snakes not naturally indigenous to Portage County.
  • Snow leopards.
  • Swine.
  • Tigers.
  • Wolves and wolf hybrids.

I’ve emphasized the ones that I personally think are funny. Obviously, the village board has these in the ordinance because they are concerned there is a very real possibility of someone in the village thinking “You know what would class up this place? A hippopotamus in the front year. I’m going to get me one of them.”

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