Portugal Is Using Goats To Prevent Wildfires, But There's A Catch
In the era of climate change, Portugal has been ravaged by wildfires of increasing severity and duration.
According to Gizmodo Earther, they're turning to goats in the hopes of limiting potential fuel sources for the blazes.
The intent of the project is to have the herds create natural firewalls in remote areas, preventing or at least stalling fires from expansion.
Goats are voracious brush-eaters, with 10 goats capable of clearing an acre in a month.
But rural depopulation plays a large part in regions of Portugal, which are becoming particularly vulnerable to wildfires in the first place.
One issue facing the attempt to clear the underbrush is the critical shortage of goatherds and shepherds.