An Under-Utilized American Resource
Goats to the rescue, eating kudzu in inaccessible areas.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. â€” Summer is settling onto Missionary Ridge overlooking this southeast Tennessee city. Swallows glide on the warm breeze rustling the hackberry trees, kudzu vines sprout along the hillside and the goats are back at work.
Chattanoogaâ€™s goats have become unofficial city mascots since the Public Works Department decided last year to let them roam a city-owned section of the ridge to nibble the kudzu, the fast-growing vine that throttles the Southern landscape.
The Missionary Ridge goats and the projectâ€™s tragicomic turns have created headlines, inspired a folk ballad and invoked more than their share of goat-themed chuckles.