Goats at Wyalusing State Park

BY KEVIN MURPHY FOR THE TH

52243e7ef1de7.preview-300BAGLEY, Wis. -- Needing to remove invasive plant species from Wyalusing State Park's hilly terrain this summer, state officials turned to four-hoofed experts.

Since July 3, 78 goats have chewed their way through 31 acres of goldenrod, garlic mustard, thistle, red cedar, buckthorn and honeysuckle in the initial phase of a prairie restoration project, said Jesse Bennett, co-founder of Driftless Land Stewardship.

"The goats are a surrogate for mowing, which is a surrogate for wildfire or prescribed burns in restoring a natural (plant) community," said Bennett. (Continued) – Published by Telegraph Herald.