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Tiburon OKs mini cows for property on Paradise Drive

Mocha (left) and Holly, two mini cows on Eric Crandall’s 9.6-acre Paradise Drive property, snack on alfalfa in September. Originally brought to the property to clear invasive vegetation such as Scotch broom and poison oak, Crandall now hopes to breed the two females to produce milk for his family. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

A Paradise Drive homeowner has won the town’s permission to keep four mini cows on his controversial property after developing waste-management and evacuation plans for the animals. However, in a nod to neighbor concerns, the town will revisit the issue in six months to ensure those plans are being followed.

The Planning Commission voted 3-0 June 28 to grant the conditional use permit to Eric Crandall. He first sought permission for the four cows, two of which he already has on the property, in September. The family, which includes Crandall’s wife and their three young daughters, previously acquired the two animals, which are bred be about half the size of regular cows, to help clear the dense brush that was covering the long-vacant property when they bought it a few years ago. He said the original plan was to use goats, but they decided mini cows were quieter and wouldn’t jump the fences.

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