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Goats back chewing away at invasive weeds in Lethbridge parks

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Invasive weeds in a pair of Lethbridge parks are on the menu again this year for dozens of goats.

The animals will be chewing down in the Alexander Wilderness Park and at Indian Battle Park throughout the summer months.

The Creekside Goat Company in Magrath has been contracted once again to help get a handle on invasive weeds around the city.

Leafy spurge, wormwood, thistle, and crested wheat grass will be their main food source.

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The 200 goats are actually trained to eat the weeds and mostly leave the grass alone, making this a much more environmentally friendly way to get rid of the weeds than having a truck and sprayer in city parks.

Municipalities like the City of Calgary have successfully used goats to control invasive weeds and manage vegetation in the past.

This same approach in the City of Lethbridge approach comes from the Lethbridge River Valley Parks Master Plan, which was approved in 2017.

On thing of note if you are visiting some of the city’s environmentally-sensitive areas this summer. Visitors are reminded that dogs and bicycles are not allowed in Alexander Wilderness Park, Cottonwood Park, Elizabeth Hall Wetlands or the Lethbridge Nature Reserve near Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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