Detroit Looks At Goats, Sheep To Trim Overgrown Lots

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A member of Detroit’s City Council wants to know whether goats and sheep might help deal with tall grass on overgrown lots.

Councilman James Tate said he plans to bring an expert to a council committee meeting on Thursday to speak about allowing sheep and goats to graze on vacant properties.

“Urban cities are doing this all across the country and having absolutely no issues, whatsoever,” Tate told “It’s been proven to save money and it’s an inventive way to address some issues that we all have.”

Tate said the plan, which was first suggested to him by residents, wouldn’t be citywide, but might be a good option for some neighborhoods.

“We can work on developing how we allow this to happen, not citywide, because what’s good for one neighborhood is not necessarily good for others, but if a neighborhood is interested in allowing it to take place, I think we should not get in the way of what people want to do for their particular neighborhood,” Tate told

Detroit has thousands of vacant lots that are often known as dumping grounds for garbage and in some instances bodies.

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