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August 19, 2018

Poison ivy-eating goats moved from New Jersey park in advance of shutdown

More than two dozen poison ivy-eating Nubian goats were moved from a national recreation area in New Jersey in advance of the partial government shutdown.

Since July, the herd has been devouring a poison ivy infestation that has overtaken Fort Hancock. The Sandy Hook mortar battery defended New York Harbor during World War II.

Owner Larry Cihanek tells the Asbury Park Press ;he removed the animals from Sandy Hook and from Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y., for their own protection because the parks are closed due to the shutdown.

The Sandy Hook Foundation is paying about $12,000 to use the goats to clear the site to make it more accessible to the public.

The animals live on a farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

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Poison ivy-eating goats moved from New Jersey park in advance of shutdown

Goats to defend NJ historic site from poison ivy – NBC40.net

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) – Eleven Nubian goats from upstate New York are the first line of defense to save New Jersey’s historic Fort Hancock from a poison ivy invasion.

The plants have overtaken the Sandy Hook mortar battery that defended New York Harbor during World War II.

Park Ranger Tom Hoffman tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1bMpHvr ) the six-acre site should have been named “Poison Ivy National Monument.”

The Sandy Hook Foundation is paying Larry Cihanek of Rhinebeck, N.Y., about $12,000 to use about two dozen goats to clear the site to make it more accessible to the public.

Cihanek says it’s the densest concentration of poison ivy that he’s ever seen.

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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Goats to defend NJ historic site from poison ivy – NBC40.net

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