Goats are grazing Bidwell Parks invasive vegetations

Goats will be seen in Chico's Bidwell Park as they are grazing to reduce fire fuels and invasive vegetation.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 3:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The goats are back in Bidwell park to help removed invasive vegetation and reduce fire risk, the City of Chico said.

The goats are in Middle Bidwell Park from Upper Park Rd., east of the Horse Arena Rd. and west of Parking Lot A, and Lindo Channel to the South and west near Five Mile Way.

Once the goats are done munching in Middle Bidwell Park, they will be moved to graze Lindo Channel and Verbena Fields. They will be moved to Lower Park if the city has the funds to do so.

The Capra Environmental Service Corporation provided 200 to 500 goats and they will graze an acre a day.

The areas will be closed off with electric fences and warning signs. It will also be guarded by a herdsman and dogs 24/7.

Some trails may be closed and users are asked to remain out of closed areas and stay away from the fences.

Goats eat thistle, poison oak and other non-native plants. They elevate vegetation and reduce fire fuels.

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