Grazing goats and their protective donkey set to return to Pittsburgh parks |

Grazing goats and their protective donkey set to return to Pittsburgh parks

Bob Bauder
A herd of goats and Hobo the donkey graze in South Side Park in 2017.

Pittsburgh’s grazing goats will likely be back munching on weeds and brush in city parks this year.

City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement by unanimous preliminary vote that would permit Allegheny GoatScape to graze its goats on city property for five years. A final vote is expected Tuesday.

Public Works Director Mike Gable said the city has used goats over the past several years to clean up parks and city-owned properties of knotweed, poison ivy and brush.

“It’s proven to be a very successful program,” Gable said. “These goats work all hours of the day and night.”

The goats have been a popular attraction for residents, who stop to photograph and watch them. They are accompanied by a donkey named Hobo and penned in by an electric fence. The donkey is there to protect the goats from dogs and other animals.

A herd along with Hobo escaped last year from Riverview Park through a gap in the fence made by a deer. They were rounded up after running along Brighton Road for a short distance.

Earlier in 2017, someone damaged the electric fence while goats were grazing in a South Side park. Teenagers jumped the fence on another occasion and tried to ride Hobo in the same park. They also threw rocks at the donkey.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter @bobbauder.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.