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Goats grazing on invasive weeds at Regina's Wascana Centre

People in Regina can watch a herd of goats grazing at Wascana Centre this weekend as the park brings in the animals to help control invasive species.

Herd of 100 goats arriving in the area to control problem plants, reduce use of herbicide

Watch a herd of 100 goats arriving in Regina. Video by Mike Zartler. 1:06

The Wascana Centre Authority along with the Friends of Wascana Marsh are once again using a natural form of population control to deal with invasive plants.

A herd of around 100 goats is arriving in the Habitat Conservation Area — a 9.3-hectare (23-acre) site within Regina's Wascana Centre — on Thursday morning with the goal of turning problem weeds into lunch.

Goats in Regina are turning weeds into lunch. (Mike Zartler/CBC)

The Centre says the goats will graze on species such as Canada thistle and caragana.

This has the effect of reducing the need for herbicides in the Habitat Conservation Area.

People interested in catching a look at the goats can do so from the top of Wascana Hill until Thursday, June 2, although the shrubbery may conceal the goats from that distance.

The Habitat Conservation Area will open to the public on Saturday, May 30 for the Wings Over Wascana nature festival.

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