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“Portugal is using goats to help help prevent the deadly summer wildfires that last year killed 106 people. Dozens of herds have been hired by the government to munch through the thick undergrowth that covers the country’s hills and makes wildfires a regular summer occurrence.

While it is the first time Portugal has deployed the animals to help prevent wildfires, they have been used for decades in the US – especially California and the Pacific Northwest – as an environmentally friendly way to limit the impact of fires.

Miguel Joao de Freitas, junior minister for forests and rural development, said: “Last year was when it became patently clear to us that something different had to be done. “Prevention is the most urgent requirement, and it has to be done as soon as possible.”…”

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