Grazing Goats Return to Downtown

City uses goats to keep Angels Knoll tidy.

Every year around this time as subway passengers exit the the 4th and Hill streets station, they come upon an unusual sight: goats grazing along the bushy hillside of Angels Knoll Park.

The Community Redevelopment Agency began the project three years ago and it is still going strong.

"It's cheaper, better and cute," said David Bloom, a consultant for the CRA.

In 2008, CRA project manager Len Benz got the idea from his father, a wheat farmer in Oklahoma.

This year, Environmental Land Management, a private company specializing in brush abatement, provided more 130 goats.

The animals munch on the grass and weeds for  8 to 10 hours a day. The elevated slope is much easier for the goats to get to than mechanical lawnmowers.

The grazing goats are also environmentally friendly, reduce emissions and are less noisy than the lawnmowers.

"It brings a rural touch to an urban area," Bloom said.

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