DNR will use goats to clear vegetation near stream

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STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will use goats to reduce vegetation along a northeast Iowa trout stream.

The DNR says about 60 goats will gobble up willow, nettles, garlic mustard and other plants in the Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area in Clayton County from July 5 through Sept. 30.

The goats will graze on seven acres in the 40 acre area, with the emphasis on land bordering the trout stream.

The area will remain open to anglers, hikers and bird watchers, but people are cautioned to be aware of electric fencing.

The DNR uses various ways to reducing vegetation, which limits access to visitors during the summer and fall. The agency will see how goat grazing could fit into those options.

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