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Editorial: It seems to us – Goats on the job, hackers listening in, tigerless zoo

It’s as intriguing — and, yes, natural — an idea as has come down the pike in a long while. At Como Lake Park in Lancaster, Erie County officials decided the best way to deal with invasive plant species is to eat them.

And, no, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is not chowing down on the Japanese knotweed that has infiltrated the park, but the goats he has hired are. It’s called goatscaping and it’s a real thing.

Jennifer Zeitler of Orchard Park heard about its uses in other parts of the country, and decided to give it try on property she uses for beekeeping. That avoided the need to use herbicides that would have harmed her bees and also gave birth to her new business, Let’s Goat Buffalo, which the county hired to clear Como Lake Park.

Here’s hoping it’s a roaring, gnawing success. But maybe she should start a fertilizer business, too. Just saying.

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There’s no respite. Now, the experts say, digital scammers can hack their way into your smartphone by “hearing” your keystrokes as you type in your passwords.

It’s about deciphering soundwaves via an app that deposits malware into the device and gives the bad guys access to your phone and all of its secrets.

Oh, for a rotary phone. For those under 40, that’s a device that … well, never mind.

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Goodbye to Tamari, the Buffalo Zoo’s 11-year-old amur tiger who was euthanized this week. It was the right thing to do, as a medical checkup found several tumors in the girl, who had become lethargic and stopped eating. While it wasn’t known if the tumors were malignant, a cancerous one had been previously removed and, zoo officials say, cancer is prevalent in her bloodline.

Still, what beast is more regal than a tiger? The zoo has no current plans to acquire another but, given the precarious state of the amur tiger — only about 500 remain in the Russian wilds — if it helps to preserve the species, it might be worthwhile.

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Another reason not to move to Florida: In Clearwater, the Associated Press reports, Mary Wischhusen called police when she found an 11-foot alligator making itself comfortable in her kitchen.

The reptile busted into her condominium through a low window, prompting Wischhusen to retreat to her bedroom, where she played video games while waiting for help.

It took two hours, two trappers and 10 police officers to safely remove alligator, but only after it broke several bottles of red wine.

It was a male and it's mating season.

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