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New Jersey Seeking Goats to Rid Seaside Park of Poison Ivy

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Seaside Park, New Jersey, apparently inspired by the old Tex Avery “Billy Boy” cartoon, is looking for a few good goats to solve its poison ivy problem.

The Barnegat Bay shore is overrun by the toxic plant, but due to environmental regulations the ivy cannot be removed by tradition methods of burning or poisoning. Enter the goats.

This is not the first time that goats have been looked to to solve a weed problem. Goats have been used to rid cities in Tennessee and Georgia of kudzu.

According to The Asbury Park Press, the goat method of removing the poison ivy will cost $15,000 – $20,000 for a team of 15-18 goats to mow through the ivy in the course of less than a month. The goats are coming from a Maryland farm and are at this moment running a practice drill to make sure the price tag is worth it.

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