Bozeman’s latest furry attraction has a name, and it’s Hector.

One of the complaints I hear from locals in Bozeman is that there could be more things to do. Well, as I always say “ask, and you shall receive”. Just listen to me on this one.

Last week we learned that there are farm animals living on the streets here in Bozeman. I should probably clarify that they’re not “homeless” in the sense that they walk around on their own, but they don’t really have an address either.

If you haven’t been to what some call “Camper’s Row”, you may not be familiar with the little animal show. The area we’re talking about is just off 19th Avenue and just south of Cattail. People live in motorhomes, motorhomes, and in some cases their vehicles. There has been a lot of talk about the situation, but it took a turn last week when it came to farm animals.

There was a horse and a goat – well, the horse is no longer there – however, for a day or two our goat friend is still hanging around. Oh, and here’s something new; according to a thread on Reddit, the goat has a name. Apparently the goat’s name is Hector, which I assume means it’s a male goat, but who knows. It’s 2022, maybe Hector identifies with something else.

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Hector seems well taken care of and seems to like hanging out. He has shelter, straw to lie on, and he’s next to a field, so grass to chew too. I mean, I’m no expert, but that sounds like a good deal for a goat, right?

Here’s something to think about: maybe, just maybe, this is the solution to the housing problem. I mean people live in these areas because they can’t afford the high housing prices here in Bozeman so what if we keep adding farm animals and transforming this area in a petting zoo?

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People who live there might charge entry and maybe if enough people show up, afford accommodation here in town. As ridiculous as that sounds, at least it’s an idea and these seem hard to come by these days.

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