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January 15, 2013 | By Hugh Bowles
Ah, Paris. The wine, the food, the fashion, the pigs. You may know the first three, but the last? They're part of the  Salon Internationale de l'Agriculture in Paris, the largest agricultural show in France. The show,  which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will run Feb. 23-March 3 and will play host to more than  680,000 visitors. It's where town and country meet: cows, pigs, goats, sheep, 200 varieties of chickens, horses, dogs, plus a chance to sample food and wine from all over the country.
August 20, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 600 goats are eating ground cover and low foliage throughout oak woodlands here in an effort to help prevent wildfires. The goats can eat about an acre of brush each day. Every two days, workers move the fences so the goats can nibble through another two acres, while crews clear out remaining brush.
It was 10 a.m. Monday, and Union Bank Manager John Baker was expecting to meet with one of the company's attorneys. But the attorney never showed. He sent a goat in his place. "A goat, huh?" a puzzled Baker said when two teen-age girls arrived with the stand-in. "Why are we getting this goat? What are we supposed to do with this goat?" Employees watching, Baker tried to remain calm as he met Nancy, the 135-pound Alpine goat, in the parking lot.
May 14, 2001
The first goats were domesticated about 10,000 years ago and that strain was disseminated all around the world, according to a new DNA study by French and Swiss researchers. Because goats are smaller than cows, they represent a more portable source of food, milk, skins and fiber, the team reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Goats are also versatile in their feeding habits and adapt well to extremes of climate.
March 5, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sound of hundreds of goat hooves echoed through a small valley overlooking the ocean Saturday in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, surprising passerby who watched as the animals munched their way through yard after yard of invasive weeds. FOR THE RECORD: Goat grazing: An article in the March 6 Section A about the use of goats to clear invasive weeds in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve referred to boar goats. The correct term is Boer goats. ? The 230 goats are the first step in a project to restore natural flora and fauna to a 12-acre portion of the 1,400-acre preserve that was burned in a fire in 2009.
September 13, 2008
Re "100 goats are put to work downtown," Sept. 9 I detect the odor of The Times' liberal bias once more. Those South African Boer goats may be taking jobs away from American varieties. Do they pay taxes? Has anybody checked their Social Security cards? Michael McGrorty Pasadena
Five down, four to go. Backed by a helicopter, hunting dogs and extra hired hands, a Southern California cowboy on Friday managed to capture five of the last nine wild goats on Santa Catalina Island. Ralph Lausten was skunked earlier this month when he tried to catch the goats on behalf of the nonprofit Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, which owns 88% of the island and aims to restore it to a natural state, which means no goats.
June 13, 2003 | From Reuters
An Eldon, Okla., woman has been arrested for allegedly fatally shooting her husband after an argument over who should feed the couple's goats, police said Thursday. Authorities charged Pearl Lynne Smith, 47, with first-degree murder for the death of her husband, Thomas Smith, 51. Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at the couple's rural eastern Oklahoma home Tuesday and found the husband dead, shot once through the chest.
May 24, 1987 | KATHY McDONALD, Associated Press
On Jan. 1, 1925, when game officials released a dozen mountain goats in the crags of the Olympic Peninsula, the nimble animals were meant to be a hunting challenge for sportsmen. But 62 years later, there are 1,200 goats, and experts say they are destroying the natural balance of Olympic National Park and must be removed.
March 10, 1993 | LESLIE EARNEST
A herd of about 400 goats that chewed back brush to create a firebreak two years ago soon will begin a repeat performance in Laguna Beach. Having won unanimous City Council approval for the $125,000 project last week, Deputy Fire Chief Rich Dewberry said the goats will probably begin appearing on city hillsides next month and will continue munching until June. "We will be sending letters out to all the folks (living in the area) to tell them to expect to see them," Dewberry said.
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