Nevada City, California, is taking measures to reduce its chances of being hit by wildfires, and they include goats.
The city’s mayor, Reinette Senum, decided it didn’t want to wait for grant money, and instead started a GoFundMe campaign to rent herds of goats. The goats will be used to chomp down vegetation and create firebreaks that will prevent wildfires from spreading from trees and plants to homes and businesses, according to an article on CNN.com.
The use of goats to prevent the spread of wildfires is a growing trend in California. The goats are capable of eating 8 to 10 pounds of food per day, according to one herd owner. Another benefit is their ability to navigate areas that are too steep or rocky for humans. The goats are accompanied by crews in many cases who prune and shear trunks and branches too tough for the goats to chew through.