Montreal

Sheep, lambs are coming to Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

The Montreal borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie​ has approved a plan to bring about fifteen lambs and sheep to Pelican Park this July. Their task? Eat grass.

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Sheep and lambs are coming to Pelican Park in Rosemont this July. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)

The prospect of hanging out in one Rosemont park this summer just got a little more interesting. 

The borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie has approved a plan to bring about fifteen lambs and sheep to Pelican Park this July. 

Their task? Eat grass.

The pilot project comes following a proposal last year from Mathyas Lefebure, who was a shepherd in France for a decade before moving to Montreal.

He says grazing sheep is an environmentally-friendly way to maintain and fertilize green spaces. He also wants to use sheep to educate city dwellers about farming.

Montreal won't be the first Canadian city to try something of this kind.

The Wascana Centre, a public park in Regina, did the same thing with goats this year to gobble up invasive weeds. Similar programs exist in Seattle, Paris and Lyon.

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