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Herd of goats helping cleanup local retirement community campus

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Some hungry goats have made themselves at home at a southeast Portland retirement community.

Twenty goats are making a meal of blackberry vines, English ivy and other noxious weeds on the campus of the Willamette View Senior Living Community.

The community has a green team made up of senior residents.

The green team invited the goats to their 27-acre campus along the Willamette River rather than relying on landscapers with poisonous weedkillers.

People at Willamette View said the goats are very effective and not slow at all.

"Actually, the goats are surprisingly quick. They'll be gone tomorrow. They'll be here for about 3 days and they'll be clearing about an acre of land," said Meredith Rizzari, Sustainability Coordinator.

The residents are enjoying the extra company and love the goats.

"Oh I think it's great. They're cute to watch, and they do a good job. Anyway, I think they're a fun addition to have," said Willamette View resident Maryann Barlow.

The goats do have a goat keeper, who follows behind them to remove the stalks, because the goats don't like them.

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