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Goats combat poison ivy at city park

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A local park has some new house guests, goats.

Mariah Hoffman owns and operates Vegabond Land Management. She and 10 of her goats are working with UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum to get rid of pesky poison ivy in the park.

The goats can eat 150 square feet of poison ivy in half a day.

Hoffman says her goats live a happy life that consists of grazing and sleeping all day.

Austin Parks Foundation says that if the pilot project is successful, larger areas of Austin will take on goat grazing.

"The compound in ivy that gives people allergic reactions is called Urushiol. And it doesn't affect them because their stomach has processed it all," Hoffman said.

You can catch the goats in action in June and July when the poison ivy is flowering. It is free to visit the grazing goats at the Sculpture Garden.

For more information about the goats and the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden click here.

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