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Goats Back To Tidy Steep Seattle Slopes

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(photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images )

(photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images )

SEATTLE (AP) — The goats have returned to munch their way through the blackberry bushes, thistles, nettles and long grasses that thrive in many steep areas of downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Transportation Department hires the goat herd annually to help tidy up areas under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The department says the areas are too steep for human crews to access easily and using the goats avoids the need for herbicides.

The herd of 120 goats started work Thursday. After about 10 days at one location, they’ll be moved to another.

Agency spokeswoman Marybeth Turner says the goats from Rent a Ruminant arrived in a trailer via ferry from their Vashon Island home.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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