After successfully grazing invasive weeds last summer, the City has hired the same herd of local goats again this year to continue grazing weeds in Alexander Wilderness Park and Indian Battle Park. You'll see the goats working/eating away in these parks over the course of the summer season, finishing up in August.
The herd will be based out of Alexander Wilderness Park to start and will later be transported to Indian Battle Park to target weeds there. Invasive weeds such as leafy spurge, wormwood, thistle, crested wheat grass and brome grasses will act as food for the goats.
Municipalities like the City of Calgary have successfully used goats to control invasive weeds and manage vegetation in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. This approach to managing the natural landscape in our parks comes from the Lethbridge River Valley Parks Master Plan, which was approved in 2017.
The 200 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.
Visitors are reminded that dogs and bicycles are not allowed in Alexander Wilderness Park, Cottonwood Park, Elizabeth Hall Wetlands or the Lethbridge Nature Reserve near Helen Schuler Nature Centre.
To learn more about this program, visit www.lethbridge.ca/goats.
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