Some five dozen goats have a new job: clearing vacant property near downtown Tacoma's Foss Waterway of overgrown vegetation.
The goats from Rent-A-Ruminant LLC will gnaw away at the tangled blackberries and other wild vegetation at three sites along the waterway's west side.
The goats will do their job Monday through Thursday at 1025 Dock St., 1123 Dock St. and at 1147 Dock St. The herd will be moved from one site to the next as the job is completed.
The Foss Waterway Development Authority, which hired the goats as an ecologically friendly way to banish the unruly plant life, said the public is welcome to observe the goats at work.
The authority noted, however, that several cautions apply to the public goat watching:
* The goats will do their job behind an electrified fence. The public should not touch or cross the fence. Appropriate warning signs will be posted.
* All spectators should remain outside the goat work areas.
* No goat feeding allowed.
A goatherd will be on duty around the clock to monitor the goats. Police and security patrol personnel will be monitoring the operations.