Are Goats Going to Save Us From Wildfires

goat herd by Malingering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

“goat herd” by Malingering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

By: Noah Siegel, Journalist

A recent topic has been popping up that surprised me and will probably surprise you too. They are starting to use goats to help prevent wildfires. In the past couple of years this strategy has started to work.

It is very hot and dry in california meaning that plants struggle to survive for long amounts of time. When they die, they become brush that fire can catch onto and start to spread. As you may know, goats will pretty much eat anything that you put in front of them meaning that they can eat the harmful, fire-spreading brush. You may be thinking that this is useless because once the plants go through the digestive system, the seeds will replant. This actually won’t work because the seeds become non viable meaning that the seed won’t grow.

You also may be thinking that goats are not the best way to do this as there might be a machine can do it faster. This is not the case because goats are particularly good at picking out the underbrush and the dead plants are not just instantly getting thrown out. The goats also won’t gain a lot of weight because they can eat just about 2 acres of brush per day.

In my opinion, goats are the future of wildfire savers. People are saying that robots are starting to take people’s jobs but so are goats. If you have had to experience any wildfires a good solution would be goats. I believe that this will be a big deal in the future and you could be the one that changes the safety of your community. If you want to support this cause, the goat fund me link is under the “take action” section of this article.


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