PHOTOS: Highline Community College Goes To The Goats

Highline Community College is hosting a rather unusual group of guests this week… actually, “herd” would be a more accurate description. Goats. Over 250 of them!

The visiting herd from Healing Hooves is being used to help clear brush and weeds in the area behind the college’s tennis courts off South 240th Street.

This part of the campus provides storm water retention and features marshy ground and steep terrain. A difficult spot for humans to work but easy for goats to navigate.

Shephard Craig Madsen — who stays with the herd — tells us the goats can clear three to four acres during their visit to HCC depending on how thick the vegetation is. They love to eat foliage that vexes humans, like blackberry bushes and poison ivy.

Referred to on the Healing Hooves web site as “self-propelled weed control with an attitude,” they’re also environmentally friendly. They don’t tear up the ground like tractors would in this terrain and the noises they make are much more soothing than a screaming, gas-powered trimmer.

We have to confess they’re fun to watch too. The goats will be at the college until Sunday.

If you decide to check them out for yourself, be sure to stay back from the temporary, electric fence that pens them in.

Photographer Michael Brunk visited between rain showers today and put together the following gallery of photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view larger images.

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