If you’ve been hanging around Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs over the past few days, you may have noticed goats moving in by the hundreds.

Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett (Gazette).

Each year, 500 weed-eating goats are brought in to get rid of unwanted plant growth in the park without the use of chemicals. Patrolling approximately 20 acres of space, the goats are able to consume up to three tons of weeds per day over the course of 10 days.

Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett (Gazette).

Apparently goat services aren’t that cheap, either. According to a post by Fox 21, Bear Creek Garden Association raises around $10,000 each year to help pay for the service. It’s undetermined whether or not that is able to cover the total cost.

Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett (Gazette)

Visitors to the park are reminded to keep their dogs on a leash. Off-leash dogs are the biggest threat to the goats, as altercations in the past have led to goat owners ending the weed-removal process early.

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