Goats clearing weeds, brush around San Diego County

Posted at 6:48 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 21:48:00-04

After recent rains, a North County resident was overwhelmed with the amount of thick brush and weeds all over yards, fields, and hillsides. So, goats were called in to take care of the problem.

Close to 350 goats have been hard at work on one property for the last several weeks. They've already cleared a few fields.

"It's an amazing thing to see. And it's amazing how efficient they are," said Johnny Gonzalez, the founder of environmental land management.

Gonzalez started environmental land management in 1998 as a commercial landscaper. Then, he realized a crew of goats can do a whole lot more than humans.

"It's nicer to have a few people manage hundreds of goats then having hundreds of people trying to manage a few acres," he said.

The goats can clear anywhere from 20 to 400 acres at a time. And Gonzalez says that's not all they can do. They'll clear much of the underbrush below trees to keep them from exploding during a fire.

In the coming weeks, they goats will be in Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Scripps Ranch and the inner city of San Diego.