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Graveyard Goats: Animals to clean up Historic Cemetery

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If you take one look around Covington Cemetery on Lois Ln. in Bowling Green, you'll notice it's in grave condition. All of the vegetation is overgrown, making it far too challenging for a human to walk through.

"Because of the age of the cemetery and the tombstones, it's extremely difficult for us to get equipment in there and use chemicals and things of that nature," said Kim Lancaster, the city of Bowling Green's public information officer.

City officials came up with an idea to have nature take care of it. Four gluttonous goats will spend the next several months on the property, feasting on everything that meets the eye. 

"As you look and see all of these tombstones and all this growing vegetation, humans can't do it," said Al Dilley, the owner of Goat Browsers. "It can be very expensive for people, and then you have worker's compensation issues. These goats aren't going to sue you. All they want to do is eat."

This is the fourth consecutive summer the goats have stepped up to the buffet line. 

"They'll eat about 3% of their body weight per day," said Dilley.

The goats should be done with their feast by November and year after year, they do a great job, according to Tom Morgan, who has lived next to the cemetery for nearly three decades.

"They clean it up and it's mosquito control. They get all the bugs off and it doesn't hold water, so we don't get the mosquito problem we normally have," said Morgan.

Bowling Green is paying only $1,000 for the goats. City officials encourage residents to visit the cemetery to see them. 

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