Media Coverage


Goats Clear Brush at Cuyamaca College

East County Community Times

Oct. 2, 2020


Goats used as a tool to help clear brush, prevent wildfires in Western U.S.

National Coverage

Oct. 1, 2020


Goats help in fire protection around Cuyamaca College

KGTV – Channel 10

Sept. 30, 2020


Santa Ana Winds, Heat Bring Increased Risk of Wildfires

NBC 7 San Diego

Sept. 28, 2020


Drone Footage from CBS (no audio)

CBS 8 San Diego

Sept. 24, 2020


Goat go to college

CBS 8 San Diego (online)

Sept. 24, 2020


Cuyamaca College footage of press conference

Sept. 24, 2020

Cuyamaca College has contracted with Environmental Land Management (ELM) to clear brush on and around campus. In the last two years, there have been three fires near campus.


ELM has arrived on campus with 275 brushing goats, personnel and machinery. They will work for approximately 6-8 weeks to clear brush to reduce fire fuel and blight. The goats and their human counterparts will cover nearly 50-acres of the 165-acre campus in that time. Using goats will mitigate environmental impact and ensure responsible use of public funds.


The work is being done in accordance with local, regional, and state requirements. Goats are not native to North America, and thus prefer many of the non-native plants that have invaded and overgrown in areas around campus. The end result is expected to yield a more natural fire break and a return of the land to wildlife and native plant life. 



A variety of species of goats are being used, all noted for their body size, ability to deal with the heat and elements, and are docile. Primarily females and neutered males will be on site to mitigate any unpleasant smell.


During the dry season, goats will eat 7-10 percent of their body weight. As an added benefit, goats do not re-seed plant life in their excrement. Using goats is a long-term solution to eradicate non-native plant life and reduce the spread of invasive plants.



The goats will be contained within low-voltage (12-volts), state-regulated electric fences while working. At night, the goats will return to a paddock protected by Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd dogs. ELM personnel will be on-site around the clock. 



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