After successfully clearing vegetation in Cottonwood Park last year, the City has hired the same herd of local goats again this year to tackle invasive 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 September.
The herd will be based out of Alexander Wilderness Park and some of the goats will be transported to Indian Battle Park on weekdays. 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 500 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 while they are working.
To learn more about this program, visit www.lethbridge.ca/goats.
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jackie Cardinal, Parks Natural Resource Coordinator
City of Lethbridge