Goats help reduce wildfire risks in Colorado


On the rolling hills of Castle Pines something different is moving through the trees.

Goats by the hundreds eating everything in sight.

Danny Benz’s goats are hard at work chewing their way threw Oak trees that border the Pine Ridge subdivision.

“Mitigation makes a huge difference.”

South Metro Fire has been using goats here for four years. Paid for by the city and by local homeowners, the goats eat low vegetation that could fuel fires.

“So if a low to moderate intensity wildfire were to come through this open space and it certainly could, the fire will be less likely to get into the canopies of the trees.”

Unlike cattle, the goats prefer leaves and shrubs over grass, and boy can they do some work.

A single goat can eat over 10 pounds of Oak leaves in a single day, clearing an entire area in no time.

“It doesn’t take them long, they’re very efficient.”

Today, neighbors got an up close look at the work being done.

“You know the goats really bring everyone together and it’s enjoyable for the youth to come out and see that there is an alternative to chemicals and machinery of taking care of the land.”

Fire mitigation or miti-goation making a difference.

“We can already see a huge difference with these goats are making for us in Castle Pines. We’re making all of us much safer.”

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