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Goats go to college | Hundreds of goats help clear brush at Cuyamaca College

Cuyamaca College has contracted with ELM and their hundreds of goats to clear brush on their campus in order to help minimize fire fuel.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Nearly 300 brushing goats, along with Environmental Land Management (ELM) staff and machinery, starting Thursday will work for approximately six to eight weeks to clear brush on the Cuyamaca College campus to reduce fire fuel and blight.  

Cuyamaca College has contracted with ELM and their hundreds of goats to clear brush on their campus in order to help minimize fire fuel in vulnerable areas after two fires erupted near campus in the last two years.

According to the college, the goats and their human counterparts will cover nearly 50 acres of the 165-acre campus. The goats will do about 65% of the work clearing the area, with the rest conducted with humans and machinery.

News 8 photojournalist Kenny McGregor used a drone to capture the goats hard at work, clearing the brush for the college.