Please do not feed the animals.

Michael Swanson, owner of Get Your Goat Rentals, put several signs Wednesday morning outside the fence that held 34 goats and two dogs.

The goats would not need food from well-meaning humans, because eating the foliage around them was their job.

The city of Brunswick, Ga., hired Swanson’s goats to help clear foliage and blunt potential flooding this summer.

Brunswick is doing a goat share program with the city of Savannah, which first used the goats last summer.

“Brunswick wanted to get on the bandwagon,” said Beatrice Solen, interim assistant city manager.

Solen said she researched the goats when city officials started talking about managing overgrowth problems this summer.

That led to the partnership with Get Your Goat Rentals and Savannah. When the goats are not working in Brunswick this summer, they will be eating away in Savannah.

A goat meet and greet — Solen said later she wished she had called it an eat and greet — allowed the media and the public to meet the goats Wednesday.

But one kid stole the show.

A human kid, that is — Swanson’s 7-year-old son Gus.

Shortly after the truck and trailer rolled up— with the motto “Our Goats vs. Your Greens on the side” — Gus jumped out and began sharing goat facts.

“Gus knows everything about goats,” his father said.

Get Your Goat Rentals began in 2009, several years before Gus was born.

The Swanson family’s chickens were being threatened by hawks, and they heard that a few goats would keep the hawks away.

So they got four dairy goats. Some friends then asked the Swansons to bring the goats over to eat the ivy in their yard.

A post on Facebook about the goats being put to work went crazy, and it became a hobby, then a job. It was a “complete accident,” Swanson said.

Now the Swansons have more than 200 goats, plus 14 Great Pyrenees dogs that protect them. Ruby and Poppy were on site to guard Primo, Bentley, Buck Rogers and the rest.

Gus, who names some of the goats, said he began helping with the goats when he was 3 or 4. His dad called him “the goat guy.”

“Hmm, let me see,” Gus said when asked what he wants to be when he grows up. “A president.”

Then he said, “No, no, no” and thought for a minute.

“I got it, I totally got it!” he finally said. “A farmer. Cause then I can spend time with the goats all the time.”

As the goats ate hay and leaves in a small field, about a dozen people watched them from outside the fence, while some simply slowed their cars down to take pictures as they drove by.

Swanson said the goats always end up being a spectacle.

Sometimes, when they take the goats to someone’s house, they meet neighbors they’ve never met before who want to check out the goats.

Solen has posted about the goats on social media, including a video when the goats arrived late Monday night. She said the responses have been mostly positive.

Some people on social media have accused city officials of being lazy, but she said the city is understaffed and the goats are a solution. Public works officials and Swanson still have to meet to determine where all the goats will work, but Solen said they have at least five properties in mind.

At each property, the goats will be enclosed by an electric fence and guarded by their canine protectors.

For every negative comment, she estimated three positive ones.

“The community seems to be excited about it, which is fantastic,” she said.

This story originally published to, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.