Hundreds of goats stampede to stamp out forest fires in California-Video

June 17, 2015

By: New York Daily News

Only this goat stampede can prevent forest fires in California.

Hundreds of the animals were filmed being released into the Berkeley Hills on Friday, reports KGO. They brought traffic to a standstill and kicked up clouds of dust as they scampered down a slope and along a road.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said it rented the goats to reduce the risk of forest fires, which has risen due to the statewide drought.

“We utilize goats at the lab in order to keep our grasses short and reduce fire hazards,” said a statement on the Berkeley Lab’s Facebook page.

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BERKELEY LAB/VIA FACEBOOK

These goats near Berkeley, Calif., clearly can’t read the traffic officer’s sign.

“In this video the goats are being herded (wait for dog at end) to the tree laden hill just below our Blackberry Gate,” said a Facebook post that accompanied a video shot by staffer David Stein.

Goats can eat up to 10 pounds of vegetation per day.

It’s hoped they reduce the amount of dry grass to be able to prevent potential forest fires.

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BERKELEY LAB/VIA FACEBOOK

Actually, the goats are following the instruction of the stop sign, heading to eat dry vegetation in order to stop potential forest fires in drought-stricken California.

The animals have been contracted by the Lab for the last 18 summers,according to The Daily Californian.

The 800-strong herd, which roams the area for up to six weeks, is supplied by local business Goats R Us.

By: New York Daily News

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