Goats Help Save Turtles (VIDEO)

While building a highway bypass, Maryland highway officials made a great discovery. In the mud of a scruffy, brush-covered, 8-acre plot, workers found endangered bog turtles inhabiting the land. Ordinarily, heavy machinery and herbicides would be brought in to clear the area.  
The problem: how to cut back the vegetation without harming the turtles?  

The answer: invite a local farmer to bring in his herd of goats during the warm weather season to keep the land clear for the bog turtles. 

With this softer, gentler solution, everybody wins: the turtles, the farmer, the state and the environment.

Photo credit: goingslo

201 comments

Gabriel C
Gino C27 days ago

Thank you for sharing,

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Gabriel C
Gino C27 days ago

Thank you for sharing,

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KAREN G.
Karen Gee6 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson6 years ago

Awww, a rare solution that serves all well.

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tin leng lim
tin leng lim6 years ago

Thank you.

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Martina J.
Martina J6 years ago

What a great way to save these turtles. Well done!

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Peter A.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan6 years ago

Great solution , no pesticide , thanks !

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Fran F.
Fran F6 years ago

Goats are rented out to clear invasive species in various parts of the U.S. In the Pacific Northwest that often means ivy and blackberries. In areas where poison ivy and poison oak are a problem, goats can eat them without the toxins transferring to their milk.

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Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

For this seemingly simple solution I thank all involved (and the goats) to save the bog turtles.
A very good act of conservation.
Thank you Chris.

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