VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A South Texas city is looking to continue using goats to eliminate fire hazards by having the animals chomp away at heavy, dense brush.
City officials in Victoria have rented the barnyard animals over the past two months and now are looking to renew their contract with the owners of the goats for work that could continue through the year.
Officials want to remove the flammable brush at Riverside Park to prevent any chance of a brush fire, but they also want to clear land to make the banks of the Guadalupe River more accessible.
The Victoria Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1hr6DVW ) the city pays $1,200 a week for about 25 goats to chew their way through the brush, which is rife with poison ivy and poison oak.
Information from: The Victoria Advocate, http://www.victoriaadvocate.com