Homeless Goat Patrol
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Last Modified: 10/20/2007 11:25:13 AM
I was thinking about the plight of Wanderingvet reduced to camping on the hillsides of this great country that has managed somehow to neglect our most needy heroes and then I remembered something I wrote some time ago. I know he would not take advantage of this situation, but I’m sure some homeless would. I thought my readers might be interested anyway.A herd of goats is being used to clear away the thick brush on the hills surrounding the Corona Heights neighborhood. A San Francisco neighborhood has come up with a unique way to ward off homeless squatters.A herd of goats is being used to clear away the thick brush on the hills surrounding the Corona Heights neighborhood. The thickets are popular with the homeless, who set up camps in the brush.Many residents worry that their campfires could spark brush fires, while others complain that dirty needles and other trash is often left behind. The goats have already eaten enough grass, shrubs and small trees to expose several campsites.Residents say using the goats to clear the brush is a gentle way to encourage the homeless campers to move along. Once the goats eat the brush that provides them with shelter and camouflage, the squatters are much less likely to camp on the hillsides.Oldtimer’s Comment: This may be a way to reduce the possiblity of fire on particular hillsides but it is not a practical way to fix the homeless “problem”. The homeless will simply move on down the road a little, the goats will eat up the homeowner’s shrubs and wander into the roads and cause wrecks. Meanwhile a few homeless have the opportunity for some fine dinner roasts. If the goats are confined to fenced areas on the hillside, eventually the vegitation will be reduced to the point the hillside erodes and possibly comes down.
When I earlier said “Goats will eat all the way to the ground and even pull stuff up by the roots.” I was wrong. See Goatlady’s comments below. This statement is hereby retracted.
You can’t fix problems with ideas that just seem good. This idea is self-serving for the landowners and designed to hurt the homeless rather than help. Meantime we need to find compassionate ways to help our homeless neighbors.
Here is tragic news about goats from LiveLeak.com:
More than 240 goats were killed Friday morning when a big-rig carrying them tipped over in San Rafael’s Canal area.
Many of the animals, en route to clear vegetation in Mill Valley, suffocated when the rig overturned near Irene Street on “The Loop” traffic route, police said.
The truck, owned by Orinda-based Goats R Us, was transporting about 400 animals from Milpitas to the Golden Gate Theological Seminary when the driver pulled off the freeway for a cup of coffee, police said.
Most of these goats did not have to die. Some were noticed escaping from the back of the truck and so the truck was closed up and the result was a few dozen got loose, but hundreds killed from suffocation afterward because they could not get out. Another idea to fix a problem that just seemed good but horribly wrong.
Apparently packing them in tightly is the approved way to transport them, how convienent.