Goats chewing up West Des Moines weeds

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa-  Goats have been chewing up invasive weeds in West Des Moines this month.   The city of West Des Moines enlisted the help of the four-legged eating machines, to clear unwanted plants from Southwoods Park, on 35th Street.   

The goats have been chowing down on poison ivy, buckthorn, garlic mustard, and other invasive plants.

This Sunday June 3rd, West Des Moines Parks and Rec staff the goat's owners will be on hand to do a "meet-and-greet" event, so people can see the goats in action.    The event is from 2-4 p.m. at 350 35th Street.  Staffers will be selling "Chew Crew t-shirts" for $10.

After the event, shirts may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office in City Hall or at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge, 2500 Grand Avenue, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

If it rains, the event will be cancelled.   

(Photo from Lucinda Stephenson)


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