July 30, 2014
Some local color for you:
Cheatgrass is an invasive grass that is taking over our foothills. Not only does it push out the native plants, but it turns brown very early in the summer and is a huge fire hazard. One way to get rid of an invasive plant species is to have goats graze it, which I think is ingenious.
Well, Boise had some goats grazing the foothills to get rid of cheatgrass, but someone took exception to part of a hiking trail being blocked, and opened the gate and let the goats out. Now the company that supplies the goats is also supplying a goatherd to keep an eye on things.
Everyone join me in a rousing chorus of “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd...”
(Or “Who let the goats out? Who? Who?”)