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Tiburon's grazing goats are removed after 14 die

(Nick Shorten Jr. photo / For The Ark)

Tiburon officials were forced to put an early stop to a plan to use goats to manage the vegetation above Via Paraiso West off Gilmartin Drive after 14 of the 315 animals suddenly died and 11 others fell ill.

Neither the town nor Rancho Cordova-based Capra Environmental Services know what killed the goats and caused the others to get sick. Town Manager Greg Chanis said it was logical to consider whether a plant on the land happened to be toxic to goats but noted the site was inspected by a town-contracted biologist and a Capra staff member to determine any hazards at the property. Both found no harmful vegetation in the area, and when problems arose, both the town and contractor’s hired experts came to the same conclusion, Chanis said.

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