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Hungry goats finish ahead of schedule at Knoch Knolls

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Goats to depart on Thursday, October 17 

Kim H unter’s Green Goats, the Naperville Park District’s newest and most unusual workers, cleared five acres of invasive shrubs at Knoch Knolls Park within the first two weeks of their stay, moved across the river for more munching, and are heading home on Thursday, October 17, approximately one week ahead of schedule.

The invasive shrubs at Knoch Knolls after the herd of hungry goats.
The invasive shrubs at Knoch Knolls after the herd of hungry goats.

The goats arrived September 24 from Wisconsin for a four-week assignment to clear a five-acre site for the disc golf course expansion planned for next spring, in conjunction with the construction of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

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“The goats have eaten every green leaf within reach, and even the bark of some of the trees,” said Park Specialist Tom Lynch, who tends the goats twice daily with co-worker Jessie Barr. “They have done a fantastic job clearing the area, which will allow us to remove the remaining stumps and branches. We also hope to be able to conduct a prescribed burn later this fall,” he said.

Park Staff moved the goats to a new location on the south side of the river, where there are more invasive plants to keep them busy and well fed. The attached shows the new location of the goats and is posted on the Park District’s website at http://www.napervilleparks.org/docs/KKGoatGrazing2.pdf.

The invasive shrubs at Knoch Knolls before the herd of hungry goats.
The invasive shrubs at Knoch Knolls before the herd of hungry goats.

Park visitors enjoyed watching the goats, with some stopping by daily to check on their progress. Those wanting to see the goats before their departure are reminded not to touch the electric fence or the goats. The goats may have poison ivy on their fur and although it does not bother them, it can easily be transmitted to humans who touch them.

For more information about the Knoch Knolls Nature Center or about the Naperville Park District and its facilities and programs, please visit www.napervilleparks.org.

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Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.

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