As Tina Johnson sees it, some people count sheep to sleep. She counts goats.

For the past week, Johnson, who lives in Ketchum, has counted not one, or two, but 12 goats of various ages, wandering around her back yard.

As of now, both Johnson and authorities are stumped, as to where the goats came from, or where they might belong. 

The tale begins a week ago, on Friday, July 14, when Johnson's husband, Brad, called her at approximately 7:30 a.m.

On his way to work, he called to warn her of the herd of goats wandering in the neighborhood.

Johnson said she eventually corralled the animals into her backyard - in an effort to protect her garden and to keep the goats from wandering onto the nearby highway.

She contacted the Craig County Sheriff's office, as well as officials in Delaware County and Mayes County. She's also canvassed the area, checked with local farmers, and used social media to no avail. 

It seems no one will claim the herd, which includes at least one billy goat, and two nannies. 

"It's such a small town," Johnson said. "In just one day, it was all over [the area]. 

"It would be nice to find the owners."

Johnson said the herd is a bit adventurous, led by the billy goat. On Sunday, the couple awoke to find at least eight used the porch rail to gain access to the well house - and eventually, their roof. 

It took some doing, but the goats eventually came down - and the couple placed barriers up to keep them from making the climb again. 

For the most part, the herd remains leery of human contact. The closest Johnson has come to the most adventurous, is when they came up behind her, while she was sitting in a chair in the yard. 

Because the goats run from humans, Johnson has been unable to determine if they have any visible tattoos or identifying marks. 

It's not the first round of wild animals Johnson has encountered since living in Ketchum. She's fought raccoons in her attic, a possum who found its way into her bath tub, and an armadillo who crawled into the house through the doggy door.

"My aunt always said 'you love animals,'" Johnson said with a laugh. "I'll take care of anything."

For now, the goats will remain at the Johnsons, eating almost anything green in the yard. Johnson has kept them watered and purchased grain to supplement the plant diet. 

By law, explained Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey, his department is required to keep the animals for at least two weeks - publicizing the find in an official legal notice in two publications, one week apart.

Once the two week period passes, if no owner emerges, Winfrey can legally sell the goats at auction. From the proceeds he can reimburse Johnson for expenses related to the animals' care, as well as any damages they may have caused to her property.

The remaining funds are then placed in a special fund. If an owner is found within one year, the person may go through the process to claim the funds. If no owner emerges, the funds are absorbed into the county's general fund.

Winfrey said he is working to find a place for the animals, so Johnson is not left holding the feed bag for the next two weeks, as the legal proceedings take place. 

He said it's easier to find placement for cattle or horses in similar situations. Goats, thus far, have proven to be a challenge.

Persons with information concerning the goats, are asked to contact Winfrey at 918-256-6466 or