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It’s mid-October and prime hunting season in Northport, Michigan, a small village perched on the edge of Lake Michigan, and the childhood home of Mark Spitznagel.

Spitznagel is taking in the view of his house across the Northport Bay and patting about a dozen goats as they rub their heads and necks against him, a sign of affection.

“It’s cool hanging out with them. It’s kind of like, you’re not alone and yet you are. It’s a nice combination of the two,” Spitznagel told Insider in an interview at his decade-old goat farm.

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