Los Angeles County sends in the goats

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The work is easy, the compensation is good, and you get to sleep on the job. 

Such is life for around 400 goats who play an important role in Southern California’s wildfire mitigation strategy.

The Goat Patrol, as its own, was deployed to the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday as part of a demonstration of the county’s readiness for the height of wildfire season. 

“We basically bring them in, they do the work, and we head on out,” Cole Bush of Shepherdess Land & Livestock told KTLA’s Sara Welch. “[The goats] can graze about one acre to two acres a day in places that are inaccessible or unsafe for folks with weed whippers or mowers.”

Hundreds of goats are seen grazing in the Newhall area of Los Angeles County on June 21, 2024. (KTLA)

Friday was the first full day of summer. With temperatures climbing and the July 4th holiday near, officials are concerned about the potential for large, destructive blazes caused by illegal fireworks and other human causes.

“Santa Clarita’s whole area is a high fire zone, which means the chance of a fire happening … is great,” warned Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “The city of Santa Clarita puts on an incredible fireworks show. Please take advantage of it. It’s about recognizing that we have to protect our community, but we also have to protect our loved ones.”

A short distance from the site of Friday’s event, fire crews were still working to gain full containment on the 15,000-acre Post Fire outside of Gorman. Two structures were destroyed in the blaze, which broke out Saturday.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.