But they never seem to be far away. Here we are in south Florida, working at an historical preserve. You'd think this would be as far from goats as you could get. But you'd be surprised. Plants grow here like nowhere I've ever seen. They have burn teams that burn large sections of land on a rotating basis. They have to burn the same sections three times a year to keep them under control. Trail maintenance is a never ending job as is trying to control what they call "exotics", foreign plants that have invaded and taken over from native plants. Teams of people will clear out the exotics after the burn team goes through. You can see where goats could come into this. There's a goat farm just a half mile from the gate where the pastures are so eaten down the poor goats are living on bare dirt. I'm going to see if I can meet the meet the owner and ask if I can bring a load of cuttings over to see if the goats can tolerate the exotics. If they can make a living on air potato and some of the other invading plants, I'm going to fill out a grant request to test the feasibility of using Capra hircus to control exotic plant invaders and clear land without burning or using herbicides. Then I can lease the goats from the guy with dirt pastures and we all win. Anyway, it should be feasible to let the goats handle the brush clearing in some of the less sensitive areas. Although goats will likely be as hard on native plants as the exotics, so I'm not sure it's going to work. There are no serious predator threats, except wild hogs. Gators don't stray far from the river and that portable electric fence should keep them at home. Escapes would be a problem because that would introduce a whole new feral animal problem, as bad as the feral hogs have become. Not using any males would help, or use only wethers. Need to think that through.