COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County parks department is fighting invasive plants in one of the most natural ways possible: it sent goats to eat them.
The department has released eight of them into Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville. They will spend the next month munching on plants like oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, and buckthorn.
People are welcome to visit and watch the goats, but the parks service says the animals should not be touched. Any visitors should also be careful of the electric fence.
The goats will also be sent into Riverside Park and Eastmanville Bayou to take care of the invasive plants there.
This is the second year the county has let goats loose on invasive plants.