Putting Goats On The Payroll

Los Angeles County may be putting an interesting type of worker on its payroll soon: Goats.

Fire officials will ask the county next month for permission to hire some goats to help fight wildfires. They say the animals can work as bush-clearing crews, and chew up the dry vegetation which lets the fires run rampant.

They say the goats are more efficient than human workers, because they can clear the brush and get rid of it all at once.

Goats are already at work in Laguna Beach. The city pays less than $200-thousand-a-year for hundreds of goats to chew up nearly 1,500 acres of brush.