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Here a Goat, There a Goat…

July 9, 2013
San Francisco International Airport (Image Courtesy Wikipedia)

San Francisco International Airport (Image Courtesy Wikipedia)

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the use of sheep to maintain grounds in Paris. Now it seems that San Francisco is following suit. San Francisco International Airport has contracted Goats R Us, a brush removal company, to remove brush along a portion of the airport grounds. The area, which is home to two endangered species—the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog—cannot be machine groomed.

So officials are turning to goats! Four hundred goats (10 percent of the total herd) along with a herder and a border collie, worked the airport for about two weeks to clear the grounds. The herd has also been contracted to work state parks, California freeways, and under electricity lines. And other airports are taking note—Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has requested bids for goats to clear part of the airport’s 7,000 acre property and expects to have the goats on property sometime this summer.

So next time you are flying through SFO or ORD and you look out the window, you might just see a happy goat chomping away!


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