O'Hare goats to help control weeds near airport

May 8, 2013 (CHICAGO)

The Department of Aviation has awarded a contract to Central Commissary Holdings, which operates the Lincoln Park restaurant Butcher & the Burger.

Approximately 25 goats --possibly some sheep, too-- will graze certain areas at the airport to help control weeds and other vegetation. They will cover approximately 120 acres of land, according to the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

A news release also indicated the goats are part of a pilot program that is "designed to decrease landscaping costs and provide a more sustainable, natural method to controlling vegetation and the removal of weeds."

As soon as there is enough foilage at O'Hare, the goats will get to work this spring.

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