ROCHESTER, Minn. — It was the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3, but kids were out playing in the street in southwest Rochester about midday.

More than 100 goats — young and old — went on the lam after slipping under a gap between a chainlink fence and the ground. They briefly roamed the 4000 block of Eighth Street Southwest before volunteers and staff members heard about the escape.

The goats, from Faribault-based Goat Dispatch, were contracted by the Girl Scouts River Valleys to help clear invasive species at Camp Edith Mayo.

Goat Dispatch staff check on the herd, but volunteers and students help regularly monitor the goats.

The escaped goats “took an opportune day to tour the neighborhood,” said Jake Langeslag, owner of Goat Dispatch.

Although goats briefly spilled out into the neighborhood, staff were able to stop the bleating and wrangle them back behind the fence at about 1 p.m.

“You just have to kinda be slow and calm,” said Kris, a Goat Dispatch employee on the scene who declined to give her full name. “If you chase them, they’re going to go all over the place."

“They like to stay together in a herd,” Langeslag said. “They’re pretty dopey and slow.”

The goats didn’t cause any damage but did leave behind a bit of a mess.