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Goats Used To Prevent Wildfire On Tubbs Hill

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - More than 200 goats are eating shrubs and leaves to help protect Tubbs Hill from a potential wildfire. This is the first time the city has used this method to clear out the brush and says it will protect the 120-acre park from the threat of a catastrophic wildfire by getting rid of shrubs that easily burn.

The goats are the most environmentally friendly way to clear out the area and also the less expensive option. Natural vegetation management is less expensive than reducing shrubs mechanically with chainsaws and by hand.

Cost of the goats is $500 per acre. Compare that to mechanical management ranges that run from $900 to $1,500 per acre. The project is funded through a grant the fire department received, so having the goats clear Tubbs Hill is not costing the city anything.

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