St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has a four-legged solution to the problem of overgrown grass on city property.
Slay plans to ask the city's Board of Aldermen to add goats to the list of approved urban farm animals when the board next meets in September. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Slay floated the proposal on his mayoral blog. The measure wouldn't extend to personal goat ownership by city residents.
City officials estimate using hungry goats for lawn care would cost half as much as the traditional approach of gas-powered mowers.
San Francisco and Portland are among the U.S. cities with goat-friendly ordinances. St. Louis allows backyard chickens, rooftop bees and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.