Galt has a few hundred furry guests munching away at its overgrown vegetation. The goats, managed by Capra Environmental Services Corp., will improve drainage, and access for city employees, by eating grasses, weeds and underbrush.
Watching over the 300 goats is a Peruvian goat herder, Kiler, along with a guardian dog and his two herding dogs. Kiler stays with the goats at all times.
Capra field supervisor Debbie Olympius said that many goats can eat about one acre per day, but she thought the heavy vegetation near Emerald Vista Park, where the goats were on Oct. 1 and 2, could slow the animals down a bit.
Olympius wanted to remind neighbors not to enter the goats’ enclosure, which is marked with an electrified fence. And don’t feed the goats; people have occasionally tried to dispose of their green waste in Capra’s enclosures, but garden clippings can contain plants that are toxic to goats.
By removing underbrush and giving city staff room to clear dead wood and other obstructions, the goats will help improve drainage and give mosquitoes fewer places to breed.