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Medford Council Approves Goat Landscaping

Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2634870
A goat goes to work on blackberries.

Two goats will help keep a Medford golf course manicured thanks to a temproary permit.

The Medford City Council approved a permit that will allow the Bear Creek Golf Course to use the goats as unconventional lawnmowers for a year, despite the city's no-livestock ordinance.

The goats will help trim bushes on the green of the course.

Medford City Council Member Clay Bearnson spoke about the permit on the Jefferson Exchange. He said the course managers made the request.

“They came to a meeting, I believe it was the first council meeting this month, and they requested to for a, I guess it would be like a conditional use permit, to allow two goats to eat their vegetation, their overgrowth.”  Bearnson said.

The goats are on a trial basis; the city council will review the ordinance again in one year to see if the use of the goats was efficient.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.