Hungry Goats Enlisted To Help Texas Firefighters

VICTORIA (February 14, 2014) Some hungry goats are on two months of fire-prevention duty in Victoria, where city officials rented the animals as part of an experiment to see if the goats will eat their way through dry, flammable brush.

Fire prevention officials at the Texas A&M Forest Service are monitoring the project involving more than two-dozen goats that are trucked each day to Riverside Park to eat the sometimes poisonous scrub that's closed parts of the park since 1998.

Goat owners Terry and Susan Hatfield get $1,200 a week for the goats involved in the project, which started Monday.

The Hatfields run a petting zoo in Port Lavaca.

Councilman Tom Halepaska, who backs the program, said the goats can easy make their way along the steep banks of the river.

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