No, It's Not a Runaway Flock Of Sheep; Herd Helping To Manage Vegetation In South Coast Park
People visiting a South Coast park are encountering a strange site, with Santa Barbara's Skofield Park looking like it's been invaded by a flock of runaway sheep. But, it's actually part of a planned effort to use nature to help remove potentially dangerous brush from the park which could contribute to wildfires.
About 100 sheep are currently in the park. They'll be in a seven acre area of the park for the next two weeks.
City of Santa Barbara officials say using grazing is a much more environmentally friendly way of thinning growth than using chain saws, or wood chippers. It's part of ongoing efforts to reduce brush fire danger in the city.