The last remaining goat on Cape Byron has evaded capture after a daring bid to rescue it from the bottom of a cliff.

Known as Wategoat, the female goat had been trapped at the base of the cliff near Byron's famous Wategos beach, in northern New South Wales, for several days with little food and water.

This morning the RSPCA's animal rescue squad started abseiling down the cliff to save Wategoat, when she made her escape.

Byron Bay resident Elaine Reed says the goat has other plans in mind.

"I think she's got a new lease on life and she saw the guys coming and she thought I am getting out of here. I'm not having anything to do with men," she said.

Wategoat has already been on the run for eight years since rangers rounded up the rest of the herd that once roamed free across the cliff at Cape Byron.

The animal rescue squad had planned to tranquilise the goat, then winch her to safety.

But the days of freedom for the old and arthritic goat may still be numbered.

The RSPCA's regional inspector Alistair Hills says the animal is in poor condition and it might be best to remove it if it can be caught.

"We're going to have a discussion with National Parks and Wildlife and at this stage I'd say what we will do is monitor the animal," he said.

"Whether it's going to be it its best interests to remove it, considering it is aged and arthritic, I think that it's only got a limited lifespan out here.

"Potentially the best outcome is if it can be captured and moved to a safe place to live its life out."


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