EIGHT billy goats met their end in Lynton yesterday despite a vet’s suggestion it would be better to cull the mayor.
The cull was agreed by the town council following complaints from locals the “marauding billies” were walking into town and eating their gardens.
Upset by the prospect of seeing an “over-cull” in the Valley of the Rocks vet Nick Clayton said: “If anyone is to be culled it is to be Mrs Hibbert and not the goats.”
But, after only eight billies were culled the vet described the outcome as “in line with the welfare requirements of the herd”.
“A degree of culling is necessary to keep the herd healthy, he said.
“Common sense and practicality overcame some rather knee-jerk reactions to goats wandering into town.”