Goats have an insatiable appetite. Elite goats have an insatiable appetite and are independent, hearty, and trained to clear brush across California’s hillsides. Science Friday joins Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4 Hire, to demonstrate how hungry, well-trained goats can reduce the risk of wildfires by clearing shrubs and dry weeds that could be potential fuel.

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California. …And in many other places like Colorado, Illinois, Idaho, Minnesota, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and in Northern California, too, where some companies have been in business since 1995.

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