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Weed-Eating Goats To Help Clean Up Pittsburgh's North Side

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A herd of goats has been slated to munch on weeds and other unwanted vegetation on Pittsburgh's North Side.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the goat herd from Alleghany GoatScape will be eating invasive or unwanted plants, like poison ivy, to clear them from a public wooded land in the Perry Hilltop neighborhood.

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A $9,500 grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District is funding the work.

Allegheny GoatScape, a nonprofit based in Homestead, will use some of the funds to remove refuse from years of illegal dumping with the help of partners like Allegheny Cleanways.


Allegheny GoatScape says on its website that goats are an alternative to herbicides and can traverse difficult terrain.

Pittsburgh has used goats in the past to graze on unwanted plants in parks and city-owned properties.

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