Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Day The Goats Came To Grossmont

Look at how neatly manicured the hillside is now!
Last Sunday, my family and I were driving west on I-8 out of El Cajon and we noticed the weirdest sight. Halfway between the Main Street and Severin freeway exits, we discovered the whole hill on our right side was polka dotted with white blobs. As we got closer, we were able to discern that they were indeed goats! We could tell a striking difference between the areas that the goats had already cleared away and the areas they were yet to visit. This was the first time that I had ever seen goats in action like this. It was fun to see, and I'm only bummed that I was unable to snap a picture of them that day or the next day when I saw them again, this time working a little further down in the direction of the Main Street exit. The picture on the right was taken today. The goats are sadly absent, but you can get a peek at the admirable work that they accomplished.

I think it was an awesome idea to employ these four-legged creatures to help out in reducing fire damage in our local area. After finding some news stories about the goats--"Goats, nature's barbers, on a spring tour" from the San Diego Union-Tribune and "Getting their goats: homeowner's hire four-footed brush clearing crew" from East County Magazine--I am pretty proud to learn that the effort was one initiated by local homeowners. I hope that the trend catches on and that I will get a chance to see the goats in some of the many other overgrown areas around town. It brought a smile to my face to see these animals at work, and hopefully it means we'll all be just a little bit safer, too.


  1. Steve Schmidt did a great job on the story on this for the U-T. i missed seeing the goats near Grossmont but we're going to be seeing a lot more of those cute little four-leggeds, i have a feeling, all over SD County.

  2. I wish that I could've gotten a distance shot of the hill looking polka dotted. By the time I was able to take a picture as a passenger in the car, they were already gone.