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Goats could soon graze away weeds in Pittsburgh parks

| Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 11:35 p.m.

Goats could soon be chomping on unwanted foliage in Pittsburgh parks.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced a bill that would permit nonprofit Tree Pittsburgh to bring goats owned by Pittsburgh-based Steel City Grazers LLC to the parks. The goats would eat plants such as vines and poison ivy at no cost to the city, according to Public Works Director Mike Gable.

“It's the original take-your-kids-to-work day,” he said with a laugh.

It wouldn't be the first time that Tree Pittsburgh has used goats to clear city property.

In 2014, the organization brought a herd of 30 goats to Polish Hill where the animals feasted on noxious weeds and plants that were threatening trees along West Penn Park.

Gable said Tree Pittsburgh would house the goats in fenced enclosures to clear brushy areas of West Penn, Highland and two other parks to be determined. The goats would move from park to park.

“They're going to get into places that we normally wouldn't be able to get into or areas that would be very expensive and labor-intensive to clear,” he said.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312.

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