How do you clean up a dry lake bed that is choked with weeds and brush? You turn a bunch of goats loose on it and watch them go.

Burn Lake in Las Cruces has been dry for years, but it gets overgrown with vegetation, and the city was looking at having to spend about $60,000 to clean it out.

Cruces officials say the goats can munch all they want on the vegetation and it keeps the city from having to use chemicals and putting city staff in unsafe areas.

As many as 80 goats are having the time of their lives eating their way through Burn Lake and will be there for the next 120 days.

Using the goats has cut the cost of cleaning up Burn Lake by half.

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