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"When Goats Become Firefighters, Not Everyone Follows Orders: Hungry animals clear away potential tinder; 'not the most high-tech thing'" - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports on the use of goats to help preempt wildfires in natural areas by grazing away at potential tinder, in this case in Australia.

"... Climate change and associated drought have made wildfires more frequent and difficult to control in countries including Australia and the U.S. ... driv[ing] a debate about how best to manage stretched firefighting resources and what more can be done to prevent blazes from spreading quickly. ... One suggestion was to assess how livestock such as hungry goats can reduce woody weeds and hard-to-clear vegetation near forests and wild grasses that abut towns. It is estimated that 40 goats can chew through more than half an acre of dense vegetation in two weeks, and medium-density vegetation in one week ...."

Click here for: "When Goats Become Firefighters, Not Everyone Follows Orders: Hungry animals clear away potential tinder; 'not the most high-tech thing'" - Wall Street Journal/ Yaroslav Trofimov

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Key Words: Goats, Goat Grazing Firefighters, Fires, Wildfires, Livestock, Environment, Climate

Goat file photo, adapted from image at fws.gov with photo credit to Courtney Celley and the U.S.F.W.S.