Spring is here: The goats return to Goat Island in Murrells Inlet

Every fall, goats are taken to a farm for the cold winter months, and every spring they're brought back to Goat Island in Murrells Inlet.

"We always put them back in the middle of April, after the trees leave out so they goats won't eat the little buds," said Al Hitchcock, owner of Drunken Jacks, the restaurant near the island.

The goats have been kept on the island for the past 24 years to keep the brush down and to keep people from growing marijuana there.

Tuesday, six adult goats and one baby were taken to the island.

"The babies are pretty quick so they like to run in between your legs. The bigger ones, they hate it. They think they're going somewhere they won't like, but once they get here they're pretty good about getting off the trailer and on the boat," said Jamie Moss, one of the people helping relocate the goats.

The goats aren't the only ones on the island. In 2006, peacocks were added to the mix and sometimes other wildlife join in.

The goats don't like when people, other than workers, come on their island. However, Moss said they love to be watched from the MarshWalk.

"It's good for the kids to be able to come out and seem them on the island. The whole experience of walking on the MarshWalk just adds to everything," said Moss.

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