One goat out of a herd of about 50 was injured in an unknown type of accident along westbound Highway 24 west of the Caldecott Tunnel early Wednesday morning.
California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said they were grazing on the hill, most likely as part of an ongoing fire control effort that occurs each year. "One way or another, they got rogue," Wilkenfeld said and made a "great escape" onto the highway about 1 a.m.
CHP officers then shut down the lanes for about 30 minutes, hopped out of their patrol cars and herded the goats toward the Caltrans building above Tunnel Road. How the goat got injured is under investigation, Wilkenfeld said; there are no reports of a car striking it.
A much larger group of goats, about 100, were seen wandering around between the tunnel along the access road next to the eastbound side of Highway 24.
The owner of this massive herd was notified, Wilkenfeld said. The goats were back out munching on grass later Wednesday morning.