Every year as the summer season approaches, the city of Lincoln, California, looks to its sheep and goat population to help lessen the vegetation before the fire season begins.
Hundreds of animals are contained by temporary electric fences and fences in place between homes and grasslands.
According to the City of Lincoln website:
“Grazing is occurring for habitat management purposes and will improve the overall health of the City of Lincoln’s Open Space Preserves. Grazing is an effective way to control invasive weeds, reduce wildfire fuels, maintain native plant and animal diversity, and reduce dead plant matter (thatch) buildup. Without management, these items can negatively affect the habitat functions of Open Space Preserves.”
The Russo family lives in Lincoln near one of the pastures where the sheep graze. This year, Scott Russo wanted his daughters to get a closer view of the sea of sheep, so he opened the gate to his backyard.
Before Scott knew it, the sheep had spotted the open gate, and they came flooding into his yard! Hundreds of sheep (and a few curious goats) infiltrated the space, and the family couldn’t get the flock to flee.
It took several different attempts, but in the end, Scott’s wife spooked the animals away and sent them back to their grazing duties — by jumping on a trampoline while hitting a tambourine.
The clip below is really a sight to behold…