Caltrans is using more goats than ever before to prevent wildfires.
The California agency says it has “hired” 400 goats to eat brush along a two-mile stretch of Highway 101 in Sonoma County between Healdsburg and Geyserville as part of an eco-friendly mission.
Caltrans has used goats to create firebreaks for many years but never on this scale. Temporary fencing has been installed and a goat herder and his dog are also onsite to keep the herd off the freeway.
Goats are more efficient at eating than cattle because they can stand on steep slopes and nibble brush almost to the ground at about an acre-and-a-half-a-day.
Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR