Hundreds of grazing goats get loose in E. Boise

BOISE -- About 500 goats grazing in east Boise got out of their enclosure and had to be herded back in Monday.

We Rent Goats, a company out of Wilder, has been hired to help create a fire break for the city of Boise, Idaho Power, and Southwest Idaho RC&D.

"This is the first step of the process," said We Rent Goats owner Tim Linquist. "The goats'll come in, they'll eat down the cheatgrass, the fire danger. Then, they'll come in and they'll spray it with a chemical to keep the cheatgrass and medusa head at low levels, then they'll replant it with some firewise weeds."

This is all happening in the Oregon Trail neighborhood, an area where wildfires bring back frightening memories. The goats are grazing on the area where the Oregon Trail Fire occurred in 2008.

From Friday to Monday, the electric fence they use to keep the goats in the right places was moved to temporarily block part of the trail.

"Yesterday we had somebody came in and turned off our fences for us and then opened the gate and let the goats out," said Linquist. "The goats can't open up the gate, they can knock the fence down if they're going to escape, but they can't open up the fence and it was untied and completely removed."

Linquist said once the goats get out it's harder to keep them inside the fence. They know the goats can't open the gates on the fence, but they don't know who did it.

"It could be kids, it could be somebody who was upset that the trail was closed, it was right at the trailhead, right where the trail goes up, so I don't know," Linquist said.

They are bringing in a smaller herd of goats to finish the job and will have someone stay with the goats at all times until they finish the job.


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