Saint Paul’s Eco-Friendly Goats

Goats are roaming the Saint Paul riverfront to help maintain and enhance natural habitat

To care for the parkland near the Mississippi River, the City of Saint Paul is introducing grazing goats to select parks. This initiative is a part of a strategic, multi-year approach to manage invasive species along the river. These goats will help reduce overgrowth by eating unwanted vegetation like buckthorn and garlic mustard.

During summer and fall of 2017, the goats will roam inside fenced-in areas of Indian Mounds Regional Park, Crosby Farm Regional Park, and Hidden Falls Regional Park. They will be routinely monitored by caretakers.

Invasive plant removal is a part of the City of Saint Paul’s routine park maintenance efforts. Using goat grazing, however, is a new, ecologically sensitive approach for maintaining and enhancing natural habitats. Goats are ideal animals for this work because they can easily navigate steep bluff terrain and are light on the land. They can also eat brushy, woody vegetation and plants that are hazardous to other animals.

While the goats are at work, you are welcome to watch but please do not interact with them. The areas targeted for remediation will be enclosed with a fence to keep goats safely in and predators out. Please be mindful when walking in the parks and keep pets on leashes near the remediation areas.

Visit the goats

You’re welcome to visit the goats during park hours. However, the goats are often hard at work deep in the woods and not always easy to see. Early evening is usually the best time to catch a glimpse.

Have questions or comments?

If you see anything that requires immediate attention, please contact Saint Paul Parks and Recreation at 651-266-6400 or Goat Dispatch at 507-333-5959.

If you have questions, please email ParksCustomerService@ci.stpaul.mn.us.