Overgrown LA Tract Turns to 'Scape Goats

Animals offer a green solution to clearing thick weeds
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
Goats "won't collect a pension or charge for working overtime and won't call in sick," said the keeper of a group of the animals clearing an overgrown lot in downtown Los Angeles.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The sight of 100 goats feasting through a weedy tract in downtown Los Angeles yesterday had commuters guessing whether the caprine contingent was part of a movie, performance art—or perhaps lunch. In fact, the city hired the (land)scape goats in lieu of gas-powered weed whackers as a greener, cheaper fix, the Times reports.

Electric fencing protects the grazing animals from the surrounding concrete jungle, but it couldn't stop a cell-phone photo shoot. "My friends won't believe this unless they see it," one onlooker said. The goats were rented for $3,000, about half of what it costs to have workmen bulldoze through the sloped plot. Plus "it's a wonderful contrast," notes one observer.