For the third year in a row, a well-loved park welcomed goats to a cordoned-off area in an effort to eliminate invasive weeds. Five goats, some of which are very young, arrived two weeks ago at Irwin Park, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. Eddie, Caramel, Cookie, and two unnamed goats will be living in the park through the summer, Garden Club member Alice Wyman said. Introduced to the Weed Street park two summers ago thanks to research by the New Canaan Garden Club, goats have “definitely helped to reduce [the weeds],” Mann said.
Asked about why goats are used to eradicate invasive species, Mann said, “They’ll eat anything. They like poison ivy.”
“Goat herders say it’s like candy,” he added.