Hawai’s Big Island to use goats as city weed whackers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials plan to employ a group of goats to keep city spaces free of overgrowth.

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday that a pilot project using the goats will begin this month to clear an area of brush near Hilo soccer fields.

Director of Parks and Recreation Roxcie Waltjen says goats are “natural weed whackers” and putting them to work is good for both the environment and the animals.

The county already works with an outside group to reduce the use of pesticides in city parks.

Waltjen says that if the goats do a good job, they’ll be used for weed control in other areas of the island.

The goats will be corralled and a herder will oversee their efforts throughout the day.

  1. harryoyama July 7, 2019 6:09 pm Reply

    When those goats get nice and fat, time to slaughter them for the delicious smoke meat. Just need to make sure to bleed the sweat glands located near its hoofs to remove that musky odor.

  2. harryoyama July 7, 2019 6:14 pm Reply

    Disadvantaged State contracts, are you kidding me? Everyone is disadvantage when it comes to contracts, unless of course, you belong to that “Old boy/girl network” of family friends and fellow cronies on the take “under the table” contracts.

    If you happen to have that Japanese sur names, guess what, you get to move at the front of the line!

  3. ruthann jones July 8, 2019 6:27 am Reply

    wonderful idea! Kauai, pay attention.

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