Goats back to tidy steep Seattle slopes

Goats Seattle
Goats are back to clean up areas of growth in Seattle that have gotten a little out of control. (KIRO Radio/file) | Zoom

SEATTLE (AP) - The goats have returned to munch their way through the blackberry bushes, thistles, nettles and long grasses that thrive in many steep areas of downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Transportation Department hires the goat herd annually to help tidy up areas under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The department says the areas are too steep for human crews to access easily and using the goats avoids the need for herbicides.

The herd of 120 goats started work Thursday. After about 10 days at one location, they'll be moved to another.

Agency spokeswoman Marybeth Turner says the goats from Rent a Ruminant arrived in a trailer via ferry from their Vashon Island home.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Placing Blame
    Jason Rantz says it's the Seattle DOT that's to blame for our awful commutes

  • Spider Season
    Just in time for Halloween, western Washington spider season in full effect

  • Seattle Drivers
    10 reasons we know you're a Seattle driver
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.