California city calls in goats to assist in wildfire mitigation

Posted at 5:04 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 07:04:50-04
A goat eats vegetation in a park in Chico, Calif. on Oct. 17, 2018.

CHICO, Calif. – More than 500 goats are helping a California community reduce its wildfire risk.

On Wednesday, the goats were released into a 20-acre area of Lower Bidwell Park in Chico, California, which is located about an hour and a half north of Sacramento.

The goats will graze the land and enjoy a buffet of vegetation, that is currently dry. The goats are effective in vegetation management because they eat star thistle, poison oak and other non-native plants.

California has already experienced one of its worst wildfire seasons in the state’s history in 2018 and fire danger remains high there.  On Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric cut electricity to thousands of customers due to concerns high winds could cause a downed power line to spark a fire.