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For almost a decade the two goats have called the island on the Ross Barnett Reservoir their home.

Minor Suspected in "Goat Island" Killing on Reservoir

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For almost a decade two goats have called an island on the Ross Barnett Reservoir their home. For almost a decade two goats have called an island on the Ross Barnett Reservoir their home.
"You can see, all of these islands around here are grown-up tall but when we get to 'Goat Island' it will be clean. You'll be able to see right through it," Campbell said. "You can see, all of these islands around here are grown-up tall but when we get to 'Goat Island' it will be clean. You'll be able to see right through it," Campbell said.
From the video shoot - Campbell's dogs on the boat. From the video shoot - Campbell's dogs on the boat.
"They were in a boat and went over to 'Goat Island' and the first report was they killed a goat with a pellet gun but later we found out that they shot it with a bow and arrow and left the goat there," Campbell said. "They were in a boat and went over to 'Goat Island' and the first report was they killed a goat with a pellet gun but later we found out that they shot it with a bow and arrow and left the goat there," Campbell said.
The PRVWSD said residents have put goats on three island on the Reservoir. Again, those were unauthorized moves, but there are no plans to remove them. The PRVWSD said residents have put goats on three island on the Reservoir. Again, those were unauthorized moves, but there are no plans to remove them.
For almost a decade two goats have called an island on the Ross Barnett Reservoir their home.

Authorities never officially approved their presence but since there's never been any trouble - they stayed.

But now one of the goats is dead and a child is accused in the killing.

"I was saddened by it because it takes away from all that the reservoir has to offer. A little piece is gone and it made me mad that parents don't watch their kids this close to allow them to do this," Chris Campbell, President of the Forest Pointe Homeowners Association, said.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) confirms the case is now in the hands of the courts - specifically the Madison County Youth Court.

No other information will be put out because the suspect is a minor, according to court officials.

The loss of the goats mean losing something of a mascot for people on the 'Rez'.

"A number of years ago somebody, we don't know who, put a couple goats on the island," Campbell said.

"You can see, all of these islands around here are grown-up tall but when we get to 'Goat Island' it will be clean. You'll be able to see right through it," Campbell said.

"And they'd be playing sometimes and they'd be eating but most of the time they'd just be looking and stare at you," Campbell said.

Campbell also said that animal cruelty - especially this case where the goat appears to be have been shot multiple times -sickens him.

And as an animal lover he said just wants people to be aware of the loss.

"They were in a boat and went over to 'Goat Island' and the first report was they killed a goat with a pellet gun but later we found out that they shot it with a bow and arrow and left the goat there," Campbell said.

The PRVWSD said residents have put goats on three island on the Reservoir. Again, those were unauthorized moves, but there are no plans to remove them.

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