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Using Goats to Prevent Wildfire

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Source: BBC

Grazing goats are being used as a wildfire prevention strategy in California, particularly in areas prone to wildfires. Goat herders lease goats to city agencies and private clients to clear brush and dry vegetation that can fuel fires.

Goats are well-suited for this task because of their ability to eat woody shrubs, their dexterous tongues and lips, and their capacity to detoxify compounds, allowing them to consume poisonous plants.

This environmentally friendly approach is gaining popularity as a sustainable and cost-effective method for reducing fire risk in regions vulnerable to wildfires. It has been particularly effective in creating buffer zones between homes and open spaces to slow down or prevent fires from spreading to residential areas.

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