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.