160 goats returning to ‘mow’ 6+ acres at Brackenridge Park

Large portion of the herd comes from animal rescues and private adoptions

SAN ANTONIO – A herd of goats is going to bleat their way through Brackenridge Park this week as they “mow” down nearly 7 acres of overgrowth.

San Antonio city officials said 160 goats will do some natural yard work on Wednesday, June 14, to help address dense overgrowth at the park in a natural and eco-friendly way.

“Goats are natural climbers and adept at scaling hills and mountains with ease, making them an ideal choice for clearing challenging park landscapes,” a press release states. “They can go places where it is unsafe or unsuitable for humans and heavy machinery.”

This isn’t the first time goats have helped tackle the overgrowth at the park.

The Brackenridge Park Conservancy hired previously 150 goats to assist with clearing out overgrown vegetation in May 2022.

The conservancy is working with Rent-A-Ruminant Texas, which provides a workable alternative to traditional land clearing, chemicals, or commercial mowing.

A large portion of the herd comes from animal rescues and private adoptions and includes eight different breeds of goats, including Nubian, Boer, Kiko, Savanna and Nigerian Dwarf, city officials said.

The goats are individually named and are ages 1-10, according to a press release.

The City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services Department reviewed and approved the permit for the contracted livestock operation, which allows for the humane use of the animals to clear vegetation at Brackenridge Park.

Hiring goats was made possible through donations from the Brackenridge Park Conservancy’s 2022 Big Give SA fundraiser. If you’d like to make a donation to the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, click here.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.