Tim Linquist of Wilder-based CT Biological Weed & Brush Control has several hundred employees — all goats — and they have just one job: eating.
And every day is bring-your-kid-to-work day — that’s why about 300 baby goats are hanging out with their moms at Polecat Gulch Reserve in the Boise Foothills this week.
The 600 does and kids have been hired by the city to serve as living weed-whackers, mowing down as much of the invasive rush skeletonweed as they can over an eight-day period in the public reserve.
The grazing was timed to occur just before the weeds flower.
“These plants are not going to flower this year and cause more spread of the skeletonweed,” said Julia Grant, Foothills open space manager. This is a test run for the city, which has never had goats on the payroll.
The total annual weed abatement budget for the city’s Foothill’s properties is $2,600; $500 was spent on spraying poison hemlock in Hulls Gulch in May. The remaining $2,100 will go to Linquist and his goats.
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