State park uses goats to attack weeds

THURMOND (AP) — After unsuccessful attempts with chemical and mechanical weed treatments at New River Gorge, the National Park Service has decided to try its luck with an all-natural solution: goats.

The Gazette-Mail reports New River Gorge National River says in a news release that 24 goats began a monthlong intensive grazing period Friday in the Thurmond area of West Virginia. Officials hope the animals are able to kill fast-growing, invasive weed species that include kudzu and Japanese knotweed.

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