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Have you herd? The goats are back!

​For the past four summers, goats have been used to help control invasive weeds in select areas of the river valley, and since the introduction of the program over 208 hectares of invasive weeds have been grazed.

The goats are brought in twice per summer to graze and spend their time between Alexander Wilderness Park and Indian Battle Park. Invasive weeds such as leafy spurge, wormwood and thistle will act as food for the goats.

Goats are ideal to control weeds and manage vegetation in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Goats are nimble and can navigate the terrain of the river valley's steep slopes.

The goats are managed by a herder and dogs that are trained to move and protect the goats from predators. Although the herd dogs are friendly toward people, residents are reminded to keep dogs out of the area and not to pet the herd dogs or goats while they are working.

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