Shockingly, Salem's Plan to Unleash 75 Lawn Care Goats on the City Did Not End Well

Shockingly, Salem's Plan to Unleash 75 Lawn Care Goats on the City Did Not End Well
A goat, not caring for your grass; AnastasiaPash / Shutterstock

Salem has shuttered its program that turned park landscaping responsibilities over to a crew of several dozen goats, after the goats ran amok, drove away park visitors, and cost the city tens of thousands of dollars.

The city in Oregon first unleashed several dozen goats on its parks back in October. and just four months later, it’s rounding them up. The biggest problem was the cost. Salem’s Statesman Journal reports that with goat rental, a herder, and an inmate crew that was hired to clean up after the goats, the cost so far was $20,000. Previously, it would have cost city maintenance crews just over $3,000 to keep everything looking nice.

The goats weren’t just expensive, though, they were also…

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