OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich—Visitors to Eastmanville Bayou will encounter the county’s new set of four-legged landscapers.
The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department says a herd of grazing goats has been released at the bayou to begin its work reducing invasive species. Visitors are welcome to watch the goats at work, but should remain clear of the electric fence surrounding them and not pet the goats. Plant oils from the poison ivy and other invasive plants the goats are munching on could be on the goats’ coats, making them transferrable to humans.
The goats are also being used at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven.