Dead Salt River Horse Dotty: Joe Arpaio’s Deputies Left Her Headless Corpse to Rot

NOTE:  We posted the article below, but received a credible comment from Vicki O’Neill stating “Speaking on behalf of Sheriff Arpaio who is a well known animal lover was wondering how the blame of burying the carcass falls on him?  Wasn’t the carcass floating in the river? What about the Forest Dept doing something about it? He was probably told the head had to be removed for an autopsy for forensic evidence.  He did help get money together for an award for the conviction of this killer.  Also we think it’s great that Arpaio pressed for investigation and charges against that awful kennel that neglectfully killed 20 dogs. Good for him!”

Our apologies to Sheriff Arpaio, and we agree, good for him.  Thanks, Vicki, for setting the record straight.

Source:  Phoenix New Times

Warning:  Graphic photo below.

by Stephen Lemons

Something’s rotten in Coon Bluff, thanks to Sheriff Joe and the MCSO.

That something is the headless carcass of Dotty, one of the famed Salt River wild horses, found on October 1, shot to death and floating in the river near Coon Bluff, a heavily trafficked part of the Tonto National Forest popular with campers, tubers, photographers, and picnickers.

Reportedly, the 12-year-old mare had been shot four times, three times in the head and once in the body.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the animals, suggested that the shooting of Dotty “could have been someone attempting a mercy kill if the horse was injured,” or it may have been “someone with cruel intent.”

Despite photos taken by passers-by showing what seemed to be obvious bullet holes in Dotty’s noggin, the Sheriff’s Office initially was unconvinced of foul play and issued an October 5 press release saying as much.

Days later, the MCSO reversed itself, stating in an October 15 press release that a necropsy of the animal done by a veterinarian “showed that the horse had been killed by gunshot” and had been healthy before the shooting.

Arpaio, supposed defender of four-legged beasts, eventually offered an $8,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Dotty’s killer.

“We will follow every lead,” the sheriff promised at the time, “[and] make every effort to find the suspect and bring justice to Dotty’s death.”

Four months later, the investigation hasn’t budged an inch, and neither has Dotty’s desiccated, decapitated form, which remains on the sandy banks of the Salt River, a large gaping hole where its head used to be.

Seems Arpaio’s beige-shirts lopped off the head and left the blackened, bloated body to rot, inundating the area for weeks with the smell of death and clouds of flies and other insects.


If Arpaio and his minions really were all that concerned about the Salt River wild horses, why did they leave Dotty’s noggin’-less corpse to decompose near a campsite?

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Marjorie Farabee with latest update on threats to shoot wild burros in Arizona (Wed., 1/27/16)



Join us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, January 27th, 2016

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

This is a 1 hour show.  It will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.


Our guest is MARJORIE FARABEE, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) and founder of Wild Burro Protection League. 


For over a year, Marjorie has been investigating the situation at the Black Mountain HMA in Arizona, and alerted the public that the BLM, catering to developers of wind, gas, and agriculture, threatened to roundup many of the few remaining wild burros.  Recently, there has been an even bigger threat: the Mojave County Supervisors recklessly suggested selling hunting permits to shoot the wild burros.  Find out the latest details in this update.

untitledWild burros on Black Mountain HMA in Arizona (photo: Marjorie Farabee)

Tonight’s show is hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us:, or call 320-281-0585

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Alberta Government lies about overpopulation of Alberta “wildies”

Source:  Zoocheck

doc-cover-232x300@2x   Read the report HERE.

New Expert Wild Horse Report

Wild horse cull lacks supporting scientific evidence: decision from Minister on 2016 cull imminent

January 25, 2016

A 1 ½ year investigation and review of the Alberta government’s assertions that wild horses are overpopulating the landscape and causing ecological damage has found no scientific evidence supporting those claims.

Zoocheck reviewed all publicly available materials, as well as substantial quantities of additional documentation, including letters, notes, reports and other materials, obtained through a multitude of provincial Freedom of Information requests. As well, site visits to observe free-roaming horses and their habitats were also made and a technical review of the Alberta free-roaming (“feral”) horse management program prepared by expert consultant biologist Wayne McCrory.

The expert report and other materials were forwarded to Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips in December to inform her 2016 capture permit decision-making process. View the report here. It is expected that the Minister’s decision is imminent.

“The report reveals that there is no science supporting the capture for ecological reasons of additional wild horses in Alberta. Furthermore, government officials are unable to point to any evidence of rangeland damage attributable to wild horses,” said Julie Woodyer, Campaign Director for Zoocheck.

Alberta Government representatives say they want to ensure that some wild horses remain on the landscape, but captures have continued in the absence of scientific justification for removals and with no regard as to how many horses are necessary to ensure the genetic integrity of the free-roaming horse populations. According to the Alberta Government there are now less than 800 free-roaming horses in all of Alberta and they are fragmented into sub-populations, numbers that experts say are far too low.

“Wild horse populations in other parts of Canada are protected, but Alberta’s wild horses are being managed toward extinction. They have already been nearly extirpated in the Brazeau Equine Zone due to government sanctioned captures,” Woodyer added. “We hope the Minister will move this issue away from making a purely political decision to satisfy the small subset of ranchers who don’t want the horses, to what the information and science actually shows.”

Fire Destroys Barn at Old Friends Farms


“The horses in the barn got out without a scratch and everyone is all right, and that’s all that matters.”

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night barn fire in Scott County.

old+farmGeorgetown Scott County Fire Departments responded to a fire Friday night in one of the barns at Old Friends Farms, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility located in Georgetown.

We’re told by fire officials that two horses, Alphabet Soup and Archie, were both in the barn when the fire started. Old Friends officials say both were safely evacuated. Scott County fire officials report one firefighter was injured fighting the fire after he slid on ice. However, the say he’s expected to be okay.

Fire officials say a volunteer for Old Friends was the first person to discover the fire. They say she and her husband called authorities and safely removed the horses from the barn.

Despite the barn being a total loss, Old Friends president Michael Blowen praised fire crews after dealing with the harsh elements while extinguishing the fire.

“And we’re grateful for all of their help today.” said Blowen. “The horses in the barn got out without a scratch and everyone is all right, and that’s all that matters.”

Old Friends Farms houses recently repatriated Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, however, officials say the prized horse was recently moved to another barn on the farm.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money to build a new barn. You can find the page here:

Feel Good Sunday: Teamwork at TMR Rescue

Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, is also the Manager of TMR Rescue at Todd Mission Ranch in Plantersville, TX.  When fences needed mending after heavy rains, she got a little help from a few of her Wild Horse Freedom Federation friends.  Photos below are of the burros, R.T. & Terry Fitch, and Kat Marr (Secretary of Wild Horse Freedom Federation).

“Thanks Deb; it is always a pleasure to visit our good friend, Marjorie, and all of her hundreds of long eared friends (they all reside only about 16 miles from our ranch, just a hop, skip and a trot away)

Marjorie has been a true blue friend for many years and the adventures that she and Terry have been involved with has taken the dynamic duo from the mountains of west Texas, (trying to keep the Wild Burros from being shot and gunned down by the state of Texas) to Oklahoma where they saved a small herd of Wild Burros captured by the BLM.  They get around so the opportunity for me to lend a hand was most welcome!’ ~ R.T.

Source:  TMR Rescue facebook page

By Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation


R.T. did not bring a coat!  So, he had to move really, really fast to stay warm. Easter wanted to know what he was up to and was there for quality ASSurance.  Good job, Easter!


Terry was frozen, and so was I.  But, everyone kept working.  The fence was bent back into shape, and the t-posts were reset.  This is the pasture that keeps my wild burro jacks, so getting it repaired was critical.


Terry and Kirby liked each other.


Kat met Benny for the first time.


One of our wild burros, Nathan checks me out.


Johnny was so happy that so many people came out to help.  He smiled the whole time.  We told the boys in the training arena that their pasture would be ready next week hopefully.  The project for their pasture involves reworking their ponds and relocating fence lines.


My heart swelled as each of our friends came to help out our rescue. The rains this season have been epic, and since our rescue is located on ground that is hilly and sandy, the erosion has been severe.  Ruts have formed, banks of ponds have caved in, and fence posts have been loosened.  The rains have also brought down trees weakened from the previous drought, some of which hit fences.
Read the rest of the story HERE.


Another Horse Collapses On The Streets Of Popular Tourist City

Source:  The Dodo

By Solon Kelleher

Yet another horse has fallen under the unreasonable pressures of hauling a carriage alongside city traffic. This time, a photographer was there to capture the horrific scene.


Tere Nolasco Rios posted the photo on Monday shortly after the incident took place in his hometown of Cozumel, a popular tourist destination in Mexico.

He wrote an impassioned note calling upon government leaders to take a stand against the carriage drivers.

His caption reads:

It is a shame that to this day, and after all the incidents and accidents that have occurred, and through the years, no level of government has had the pants and brains to force, suggest or propose a change …

There are no updates on the condition of John, the horse in the photo, but Rios noted in the caption that the horse “ended his career.”

Rios’ photo hit the internet the same week that major horse carriage news came out of New York City, where the mayor’s office and industry representatives reached an agreement regarding the carriage horses. If approved by the city council, the pact will lower the number of licensed horses from 220 to 95, and will relegate the horses within Central Park, both by 2018.

While the pact will limit the scope of the NYC carriage horse industry, if passed, it still allows horses to share roads with cars and bicyclists within the park.

Unfortunately, the abuse of horse carriages isn’t limited to NYC. As the photo above shows, the carriage industry is still forcing horses into dangerous scenarios across the globe.

To seee video and read entire article, click HERE.

Shocking footage shows exhausted work horse collapsing in the street as its owner pulls on its reins and angry crowd shouts at him to leave the animal alone

SOURCE:  Daily Mail

  • Bystanders shout in anger as tired work horse falls to the ground in a heap
  • Owner pulls relentlessly on the reins as animal tries to get back to its feet
  • Regardless of attempts to stand, horse continually drops back to ground
  • People confront owner and eventually he releases the horse from his cart 

The moment an exhausted work horse collapsed on the streets of a major city provoked outrage.

Footage of the incident was captured in the Colombian city of Cartagena and shows people shouting in anger as the tired animal falls to the ground in heap.

It is unclear if the horse is exhausted because of the amount it is carrying or the distance it has travelled through the city, based in the northern Bolivar Department of the country.


Tired: The exhausted work horse was captured on camera walking in the Colombian city of  Cartagena

In the video, the owner of the horse can be seen pulling relentlessly on the reins as the fallen animal tries desperately to get back to its feet.

Regardless of how many times it attempts to stand up however, it ends up dropping back to the ground through sheer fatigue.

Enraged bystanders passing through the Old Town at the time were filmed shouting at the owner of the horse and demanding he let the animal go.

In the video a selection of people can be heard shouting: ‘Get off! Untie it! Leave it alone!’



Two women make themselves heard and shout at the owner as he finally goes to release the weak animal

Two women also make themselves heard and are seen screaming at the owner as he finally goes to release the weak animal.

One of them says: ‘Imagine you had to pull around three times your body weight every day, come rain or sunshine, and all you got at the end of it were a few oats and a bucket of water.’

She added: ‘Learn some respect for God’s creatures.’

The video concludes with the owner setting the horse free and pushing the cart away from the crowd of onlookers.

Saudi Arabia buying up farmland in US Southwest

Source:  CNBC

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Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red.

Harvesting alfalfa crop

Harvesting alfalfa crop     Andy Sacks | Getty Images

Saudi Arabia grows alfalfa hay in both states for shipment back to its domestic dairy herds. In another real-life example of the world’s interconnected economy, the Saudis increasingly look to produce animal feed overseas in order to save water in their own territory, most of which is desert.

Privately held Fondomonte California on Sunday announced that it bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, California — an agricultural town along the Colorado River — for nearly $32 million. Two years ago, Fondomont’s parent company, Saudi food giant Almarai, purchased another 10,000 acres of farmland about 50 miles away in Vicksburg, Arizona, for around $48 million.

“They will continue to come over here and buy properties where they can grow good-quality alfalfa hay and ship it back to the Middle East. It makes logical sense for them to do that because they’re not going to be able to grow it in Saudi Arabia, especially for milk production.” -Joseph Dutra, President, Westec

But not everyone likes the trend. The alfalfa exports are tantamount to “exporting water,” because in Saudi Arabia, “they have decided that it’s better to bring feed in rather than to empty their water reserves,” said Keith Murfield, CEO of United Dairymen of Arizona, a Tempe-based dairy cooperative whose members also buy alfalfa. “This will continue unless there’s regulations put on it.”

In a statement announcing the California farmland purchase, the Saudi company said the deal “forms part of Almarai’s continuous efforts to improve and secure its supply of the highest quality alfalfa hay from outside the (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to support its dairy business. It is also in line with the Saudi government direction toward conserving local resources.”

“We’re not getting oil for free, so why are we giving our water away for free?” asked La Paz County Board of Supervisors Chairman Holly Irwin, who represents a rural area in western Arizona where food companies affiliated with the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates have come to farm alfalfa for export.

Added Irwin, “We’re letting them come over here and use up our resources. It’s very frustrating for me, especially when I have residents telling me that their wells are going dry and they have to dig a lot deeper for water. It’s costly for them to drill new wells.”

‘Beneficial use’

However, the issue of land rights comes into play. As the owners of the land, the Saudis appear to be playing by the rules. The area of the Arizona desert where the Saudis bought land is a region with little or no regulation on groundwater use. That’s in contrast to most of the state, 85 percent of which has strict groundwater rules.

Local development and groundwater pumping have contributed to the groundwater table falling since 2010 by more than 50 feet in parts of La Paz County, 130 miles west of Phoenix. State documents show there are at least 23 water wells on the lands controlled by Alamarai’s subsidiary, Fondomonte Arizona. Each of the wells is capable of pumping more than 100,000 gallons daily.

Back in Blythe, the purchase of farmland comes as urban residents of California face state-mandated water cutbacks due to a fourth year of severe drought.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Its time to dismantle the BLM, a criminal enterprise

Source:  The Independent


by Jack Ferm

It’s time to dismantle the BLM, an agency that follows no barrier of law.

This agency has been one of the more corrupt Federal agencies ever since it’s founding by President Harry Truman in 1946. In their tenure over public lands, they have done more to destroy watershed than protect it, their incompetence as an agency of government has been unprecedented, and they have allowed cattle and sheep to overgraze the land to the extent that much of our range lands are today closer to wastelands. They have pitted cattle and sheep ranchers against the American wild horses and burros for grazing rights while making secret deals to sell wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses in the U.S. (before they were shut down) and later to slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico or illegal slaughterhouses that still are operating in the U.S. This agency has been involved in knowingly fraudulent adoption schemes and fictitious “sanctuary” herds to facilitate the needless removal of horses off the range.

dismantle the BLMThis has left us, we the people, no option but to dismantle the BLM. It’s time to shut down this criminal enterprise and perhaps transfer these lands to the states with agreements that the wild horses and burros are to remain free protected and unmolested.

BLM employees and contractors have been the driving force behind the horse-to-slaughter program, which has been ongoing since the 1980s and possibly even prior. This has been demonstrated by the criminal prosecutions of horse theft and sales to slaughterhouses by such cases as have been filed in Texas, Wyoming, Oregan, and Utah. But none have been filed in Colorado, which has been the hotbed of agency corruption. See U.S. v. Hughes and U.S. v. TOMLINSON.

BLM director Jim Baca, had a short-lived tenure of only nine months as head of the agency. Baca’s concern for the wild horses and their plight under the corrupt BLM led to his being fired by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in 1994. His termination was cheered by the Cattle Association and in particular by Mike Fusco, field coordinator of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Fusco said, “One down and 99 to go,” as Babbitt, whose family was in cattle ranching and tied to slaughterhouses, would request and accept Jim Baca’s resignation and put to rest the investigations into BLM degradation of the American wild horse.

Jim Baca was intent to clean up the BLM, but the cattle barons would have none of it. They have always been in control of this agency. They have since the beginning wanted all wild horses sent to slaughter. That war continues today between the horse and the cattle interests.

Baca found evidence of a number of dubious activities that warrant the call to dismantle the BLM:

dismantle the BLM—Wild horse theft during roundups.

—“Black Booking,” or phony double-branding in order that horses rounded up could vanish from all paper trails and end up at the slaughterhouses.

—Manipulation of wild horse adoptions where one holds proxies for a group of kill buyers and the horses all end up at slaughter.

—Use of satellite ranches where horses are held for days or weeks as stopping points on the way to slaughter.

—Fraudulent horse sanctuaries subsidized by the government to care for unadoptable wild horses deemed excess and removed from the range as fronts for commercial sales to slaughter while ripping the government off at a price of $1.10 a day for phantom horses that have already been sold and slaughtered.

One of Jim Baca’s investigations accepted for prosecution centered on BLM employees’ direct participation, with the approval of BLM managers, to sell wild horses to slaughterhouses by using the satellite ranches as holding facilities.

BLM drivers would deliver the horses to kill buyers or these satellite ranches and share in the money the horses brought in from the slaughter facilities. The money was then divided among the BLM employees who were participants in the horse-for-slaughter scheme.

dismantle the BLMBLM managers getting wind of the investigation obstructed justice and the investigation. The Department of Interior went so far as to attempt to quash the investigation: they were able to limit the prosecution to low-level employees but protected the higher-ups at the BLM. Then they interfered with the Department of Justice to such an extent that the DOJ finally just gave up, and no one was even prosecuted.

Lawyers from the Department of Justice urged that no prosecution be carried out because of the extent of tolerance for the program within the BLM for this horse-to-slaughter program, which was widespread within the agency, including those in management.

The philosophy of the BLM is “Nobody gives a damn about these horses.”

Note to BLM: We do!

dismantle the BLMBy the beginning of the 20th century, there were an estimated 2 million wild horses roaming the American range. Many were shot to make room for cattle and sheep grazing. Waterholes were poisoned, and horses were hunted, trapped, run over cliffs, and killed. By 1970, estimates were that less then 10,000 wild horses still remained free.

Congress was persuaded to pass the Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, brought about by a groundswell of humane organizations and individuals that cared for the plight of these animals and their torrent of mail to Congress.

This legislation was intended to end the sale of wild horses to slaughter, but it did not.

The mixed land use authorized by Congress in the 1978 amendment has left much of the range unsuitable for grazing and has resulted in overgrazing by cattle and sheep ranchers, to the detriment of that wild horse and burros that do not impact the land.

dismantle the BLMIn 1987 and 1988 alone, thousands of wild horses are believed to have been captured and sold to slaughterhouses through BLM employees. And the tragedy continues.

Here’s how one leg of the scam works: They capture 65 horses and only report 50. The remaining 15 horses go directly to satellite ranches where they are held temporarily before being shipped to slaughter as demonstrated in the White Paper — a 1997 horse-to-slaughter report. BLM employees can get as much as $300 to $500 a horse or more. The sale of 15 horses brings in $1,875 to the employees, but the number of horses was probably in the hundreds for each roundup. One hundred horses at $300 a horse is $30,000; at $500 a horse, it’s $50,000.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Plan to Hunt Hundreds of Wild Burros in Arizona Suspended

Story bas published in The Phoenix News Times

“we have to be hard, we have to say extreme things to get things done.”

After causing an outcry among animal lovers with a plan to hunt hundreds of wild burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to table the proposal temporarily.

Wild Burros in BLM holding ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Burros in BLM holding ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The vote came at the end of a long and passion-filled public meeting during which local residents and board members debated Supervisor Steve Moss’ recent two-pronged — and arguably illegal — proposal: Agenda Item 31.

Moss proposed that if the Bureau of Land Management fails to reduce the size of the burro population in the management area to 817 animals by the end of the fiscal year, the county would either “Seek legislation authorizing state agencies to issue hunting permits . . . or pursue litigation to compel the BLM to comply with the management plan.”

“The BLM is not adequately maintaining the herd size, and it’s causing some adverse affects,” Moss said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Mohave County, under Arizona law, has absolutely no ability to do anything with the burros. We can’t even touch them if they’re killed on the roadway.”

There are 1,400 to 1,800 burros in the 1.1-million-acre area, about 1,000 more animals than the federal management plan calls for, and Moss said he was concerned about roadway safety, environmental damage, and other economic problems caused by the exploding burro population — the BLM estimates that the burro population can double every four years if left unchecked.

espite raising alarms about shooting hundred of animals with his proposal, Moss was clear that at least as of now, “no one is [actually] advocating going out there and shooting burros.” As many speakers pointed out, including Moss himself, the county has no authority to institute a hunt. It’s a directive that would require federal laws be amended.

But that being said, he added, if the status quo is allowed to continue, something catastrophic is going to happen and the local or federal government could be forced “to do something inhumane.”

Moss and many others said they were frustrated that even though the burros are not native to the area and therefore have no significant natural predators, the county can do little more than sit back and watch the population explode.

Prior to 1971, the state-managed wild horse and burros — most of the animals were abandoned or set loose by miners or other early European settlers — but following the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 they became the BLM’s responsibility.

For years the BLM has attempted to curb population growth by rounding up wild burrows and holding them in pens until they can be adopted, but supply has always exceeded demand – millions of taxpayer dollars are spent caring for the thousands of burros waiting to be adopted, one speaker at Tuesday’s meeting pointed out.

Amber Cargile with the Arizona BLM says that while the agency is actively looking into using fertility drugs or other creative solution to curb burro population growth, it’s important to remember that the agency only has “two tools in [its] toolbox” under federal law: fertility drugs and adoption.

“Any time you have a parcel of land, the challenge is finding the balance between having protected population, protecting native wildlife, and to support the economic needs of the local community,” she says. “We’re concerned and we care and [the burro issue] has had our attention for a long time.”

That the BLM cares and is trying was apparently not enough reassurance for most at the meeting, and many advocated greater action be taken.

Some suggested fixing broking fences by roadways, while other called for all males to be castrated or for wolves and big cats to be introduced as predators. Most were okay with some private-public partnership being part of the solution, but some invoked the spirit of the Sagebrush rebellion and said the only way progress will be made is if the federal government turns over all land to the state.

“I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg to a much larger issue: an overreaching, abusive, and mismanaging branch of the federal government,” one man said.

Trying to get BLM to do their job is a waste of paper, they’re going to claim they don’t have the funding, and it’s very likely they don’t – the federal government has been very active in taking peoples’ money. I know something has to be done, and I don’t like the thought of the burro being killed, but what are we going to do?” said one woman.

Another woman noted that none of the solutions up until now have worked, leaving only one option left: “going out there and shooting them.” Problem is, she continued, “That’s also a solution that the public is going to be highly, highly against.”

“Instead of making inflammatory statements about hunting and killing our beloved burros, I would urge our board and county to instead work cooperatively with the BLM,” another speaker said.

Horse advocates across the country can breathe a sigh of relief because at the end of the meeting, the board voted to do just that. Moss motioned to table his own proposal, admitting the he only proposed a hunt to get attention for the issue.

He suggested instead that the county organize a meeting with representatives from the BLM, Fish and Game, and the two other counties struggling with exploding burro populations: La Paz and Yuma.

“We’ve had two resolutions about this in the last few years and no one has paid attention, which just goes to prove that if you want peoples’ attention, you have to shock them, scare them because asking ‘pretty please’ and sending them a nice note doesn’t do the trick.”

In the future, he told his fellow board members: “we have to be hard, we have to say extreme things to get things done.”

It’s not clear that advocates for the burros feel the same way about his tactic…(Click for Graphs, Charts and Photos)