Poison Ivy-Eating Goats Moved from Historic New Jersey Fort Ahead of Government Shutdown

The goats have been working in the area since July

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 2:27 PM EDT
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Poison Ivy-Eating Goats to Defend Historic NJ Fort

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Poison Ivy-Eating Goats to Defend Historic NJ Fort

Eleven Nubian goats from upstate New York are the first line of defense to save New Jersey's historic Fort Hancock from a poison ivy invasion. Pat Battle reports.
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More than two dozen poison ivy-eating Nubian goats were moved from a national recreation area in New Jersey in advance of the partial government shutdown.
 
Since July, the herd has been devouring a poison ivy infestation that has overtaken Fort Hancock. The Sandy Hook mortar battery defended New York Harbor during World War II.

 
Owner Larry Cihanek tells the Asbury Park Press he removed the animals from Sandy Hook and from Fort Wadsworth in Staten island, N.Y., for their own protection because the parks are closed due to the shutdown.
 
The Sandy Hook Foundation is paying about $12,000 to use the goats to clear the site to make it more accessible to the public.
 
The animals live on a farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

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