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Goats Save National Monument From Poison Ivy

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SANDY HOOK, N.J. -

A small army of goats are being called to Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook.

A part of Sandy Hook has inherited the title of "Poison Ivy National Monument." The plants have overtaken the Sandy Hook mortar battery that defended New York Harbor during World War II.

Enter Larry Cihanek from upstate New York. Cihanek was asked by the National Parks Service to bring some of his goats to Sandy Hook.

"They sent 400 e-mails to all the goat owners in the state of New York. We responded. The other seven said it couldn't be done. And I've been doing it ever since," says Cihanek.

Cihanek brought a total of 11 goats that are all around 6 months old. He and his wife owns 365 of them at their farm.

"I think the goats are a great idea!," says Jennifer Perkel.

Jennifer Perkel, like many people who use the Gateway National Park, are sick of seeing the poison ivy everywhere.

"We live in Highlands and we don't come here any more because you can't walk anyplace without the poison ivy getting you," says Perkel.

And one thing to point out: even though the goats are here, the park wants you to know this isn't a makeshift petting zoo.

"These goats are walking around in poison ivy all day, and if you pet them, you'll get it on your hands," says Cihanek.

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