VICTORIA, Texas (WOAI) -- Texas fire prevention experts have turned to an unusual method of
removing highly flammable brush, a key component in the outbreak and
spread of wildfires.
The City of Victoria, about 120 miles southeast of San Antonio, has brought in the firefighting goats of Texas.
For the last two weeks, the firefighting goats have been grazing at
Victoria's Riverside Park. They're the perfect animal because they
prefer poisonous and toxic weeds to grass.
The firefighting goats
are trucked in daily to Victoria from their barn in nearby Port Lavaca.
They're the only known firefighting goats in Texas and have caught the
attention of the Texas A&M University Forestry Service. So far, the
26 goats have proved successful in clearing weeds and brush that could
become a potential fire hazard.
The goats earn $1,200 a week for
dining on the park's brush. The city's will determine if the goats are
more efficient than people and machinery because of their ability to
climb all terrains and their immunity to dangerous plants like poison
ivy and poison oak.
"I mean, I think they all need to have a little gold badge on 'em. They're all heroes," Hatfield said.