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Goats Returning to Police Point Park for Ongoing Weed Control

Post Date:08/17/2020 9:08 AM

Medicine Hat – Dozens of goats will return to Police Point Park this week, helping to control an invasive weed species inside City limits.

More than 150 goats will arrive at the park beginning Monday, August 17.

“The goats are returning to continue eating leafy spurge, the noxious, invasive species within the park, hopefully destroying the plant before it flowers and goes to seed,” said Keziah Lesko-Gosselin. “Target browsing can stimulate plant growth, helping plants and weeds bloom and spread. We want to stop it before it gets to this stage.”

The Parks and Recreation Department began the target browsing pilot project in June. The goats were brought to the park where they focused on eating weeds in areas not normally accessed by Parks staff, due to the natural terrain and coulees.

“We’ve tried a number of techniques in the past, including spraying pesticides,” said Lesko-Gosselin. “This technique is natural and has a lot of benefits, including improving the soil conditions. We’ve already seen positive impacts in the area.”

Signs will be placed in the area where the goats are grazing, asking they not be disturbed. All trails throughout the park will remain open for public use. Residents are reminded that Police Point Park remains an on-leash area.

For more information about target browsing, visit the City website.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Keziah Lesko-Gosselin
Parks Technician
City of Medicine Hat

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