The goats return to Anaheim to clear vegetation in recurring fire-safety program

By BTB Staff

A herd of about 180 Boer, Spanish, and Nubian goats cleared vegetation in Deer Canyon Park in Anaheim on June 13, a regular people-pleasing strategy of managing and clearing vegetation to protect nearby homes from possible wildfires.

AF&R contracts with Environmental Land Management to use goats to gobble up fuels that would feed a brush fire.

Below is a video, followed by more images of the goats.

And be sure to mark Saturday, June 30 on your calendars.

From 9 a.m to 1 p.m. that day, Anaheim Fire & Rescue will host a Baby Goat Party at Station 10, 8270 E. Monte Vista Rd. Come meet 100 baby goats and learn how you can do your part to protect your home from wildfire.

Water is provided to the goats since they don’t always have access to a stream.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Bobo, a Great Pyrenees dog owned by Environmental Land Management, keeps an eye on the goats grazing in Deer Canyon Park in Anaheim.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Goats are used to help clear the hillsides of grass as summer increases the possibility of brush fires.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Natali Rudometkin, community engagement specialist for Anaheim Fire & Rescue, greets Leila, one of the many goats that are pregnant, at Deer Canyon Park.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

As natural grazers, goats are used to help clear grass so it doesn’t become fuel for brush fires.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Two male goats jostle for a dominant position in the herd.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC