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CRA Farms Out for Goats To Clear Angels Knoll

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, at 09:15AM

Like foodies to a catering truck, 100 goats took to upper and lower Angels Knoll on Tuesday to graze in a misty Downtown morning.

The herd, owned by Environmental Land Management of San Diego, were selected after a bidding process. The competitive process adds to the several thousands of dollars that the Community Redevelopment Agency says it is saving by using the animals instead of a crew with gasoline-powered weed whackers.

The job may also be done in record time if the weather stays cool. Staying away from hot days means less breaks for the four-legged workforce.

Up to 40 of the 100 in the herd are baby goats, making this feeding a family affair. They will take to the hill this week during the day, and be herded into a nearby pen at night.

It's the third time the agency has turned to the goats to mow the steep Angels Knoll hillside. The first, back in September of 2008 turned out to be quite the hit with office workers taken by the rural sight in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles. That, combined with the cost and environmental savings, should ensure that the goats are a regular presence in Downtown.

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