Boulder hopes cattle will chew through invasive oatgrass

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<p>A close view of tall oatgrass, which was introduced to North America from Europe in the early 1800s.</p>

The city of Boulder will deploy more that 100 black and red angus cattle to take on invasive tall oatgrass once the weather starts cooperating, reports the Daily Camera. The cows will be taking on two different areas, including one 72-acre plot.

Public response to the plan has been positive, but city officials are asking the public to leave the cows alone, warning that the animals can spook easily.

"The less bodies hiding or jumping out from the trees, could make it much more easy to get them from point A to point B," Josh Bilbao, an agricultural resources specialist for Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks department, told the paper.

The cattle will have few weeks of "strategic feeding," but it will be years before the invasive species is removed if the project is successful.