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$250 reward for goat on the lam since Christmas

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The reward has been increased to $250 for a goat that fled a Christmas nativity scene in Fergus Falls.

The goat, Curly, was supposed to have a role in a nativity scene at Bethlehem Church. Instead it escaped and has been on the lam ever since.

Curly made an appearance in town Tuesday, and residents gave chase but didn’t catch it.

The owner, Jim Aakre, said the trick to catching Curly will be to sneak up on it when it has a limited escape route and then grab its horn or halter.

Jerry Mortenson is one citizen who contributed to the reward funds. He says he wanted to add an extra incentive because he’s getting more concerned for Curly as sub-zero weather settles in.

Aakre and his wife, Karen, have been following their goat’s movements and hope to track her down soon.

“She’s out and about, the little stinker,” said Karen.

After Curly was spotted in at least three different places around town on Tuesday last week, the Aakres think they can catch her if she finds a place she likes and stays there. Karen said there was a possibility that they could entice Curly into a horse trailer.