One of 30 kudzu-eating goats placed on the side of Missionary Ridge has perished.
City public works officials said the goat may have been killed by a dog or a coyote.
"We are doing a forensic examination," said Lee Norris, assistant administrator of public works, during an interview with Jeff Styles on Talk Radio, 102.3.
The city is leasing the goats from a contractor.
A concerned citizen called 311 Tuesday morning to report the downed goat.
Mr. Norris said, “The contractor in charge of the goats will probably try to put a guard donkey in the area to protect the goats. Donkeys raised with goats become very protective of their flock and can ward off attacks from coyotes or stray dogs.”