Calgary loves its goats.
A herd of 100 goats has been grazing Confluence Park to get rid of some invasive weeds, such as Canada thistle, hound’s tongue and hawkweed.
The trial period is set to end Sunday, but the City says the program has been so successful, it’s looking to put more goats in other parks.
1. The goats are environmentally friendly.
2. The goats are cheap.
“Calgarians have been very supportive of using goats as a weed management tool,” said Chris Manderson, urban conservation lead for Calgary Parks.
The city is hosting a “Meet and Bleat” on Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give people the chance to meet the goat’s shepherd, her team and pet the animals.
Anyone going to meet the goats is asked to wear clean clothing and shoes – especially if they’ve had contact with other livestock. Dogs should be left at home so the goats don’t get stressed.
Parking is available at the Beddington Trail lot and signs will lead you to the goats. – Sarah