Preventing brush fires never looked so adorable
Like the swallows return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the goats return to Angel’s Knoll Park.
As the tradition goes, the goats were brought in this week to chomp away at old brush, weeds, and anything that might be flammable in the area underneath and near the Angel’s Flight Railway—the iconic funicular that runs up and down Bunker Hill, between Hill and Olive.
The job is tailor-made for goats, who will famously eat anything, and can easily handle the sometimes steep terrain in the area around and beneath the railway, which has been out of service since 2013 but is set to reopen before the end of September.
The tradition of using goats to do Angel’s Knoll brush clearance dates to 2008. Back then, the Los Angeles Times explained, “It only takes about a week for the goats to clear the knoll, and at no extra charge they fertilize the land naturally.”
The parcel next to the tiny railway may not need goat maintenance for too many more years. The city is marketing the site as a development opportunity with a potential for a new building of “unlimited height.”
See some of our favorite photos of the cute goats at work:
- LA moves forward to develop Angel’s Knoll with a building of ‘unlimited height’ [Curbed LA]
- Angels Flight, LA’s iconic tiny railway, will start running again [Curbed LA]