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Clemson brings in goats to tackle pesky problem

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One of the weed-eating goats at work. (Source: Clemson University) One of the weed-eating goats at work. (Source: Clemson University)
Kudzu and other plants grow up around Lightsey Bridge on Clemson's Campus. (Source: Clemson University) Kudzu and other plants grow up around Lightsey Bridge on Clemson's Campus. (Source: Clemson University)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While tiger paws line the roads around Clemson, goats are grazing along a campus creek in order to rid some areas of a pesky problem.

Clemson researchers and campus facilities managers are using goats along part of Hunnicutt Creek to feed on invasive weeds along its bank and upland area. Some of the invasive plants include kudzu, English ivy and wisteria.

The goats will be fenced in near the pedestrian bridge to Lightsey Bridge apartments. The university has rented a herd of about 40 goats from Wells Farm of Horse Shoe, NC.

With their help, the goats will allow natural vegetation to return and researchers to compare prescribed grazing to the effect of herbicides on unwanted vegetation.

Environmental restoration experts and students are working to restore Hunnicutt Creek, which runs through campus.

People can follow the goat-powered project's process here.

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