Marjorie Farabee Speaks About Her Efforts to Rescue Wild Burros

by Patricia Saffran as published in Horse Directory

“On the day the last burro sings it’s final mystical song through the canyons, a piece of the American soul will die.”

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12 comments on “Marjorie Farabee Speaks About Her Efforts to Rescue Wild Burros

  1. A marvellous article Marjorie Farabee. So very much love your deep commitment for the Donkeys and Burros in your Country. As a wildlife fanatic, I Thank you.

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  2. I did make one unfortunate mistake because this interview took place a month ago. I was not clear on where the underpasses were located and believed that they were near Black Mountain. The underpasses are near Lake Pleasant. The Arizona Game and Fish Department fenced them off about 3 or 4 years ago which coincided with the rash of burro accidents in the area. A wonderful local person, who spends a lot of time in the desert on horseback has been documenting the loss of burros there for several years and she photographed the underpasses. Additionally, Karen Sussman claims that the underpasses were put in 20 years ago FOR the burros, now they are closed off by AZGF. Even more alarming, AZGF is also bait trapping burros. They take them off and they are never seen again. Ranchers in the area are encouraged to trap them as well, and again they are never seen again. Now, Nancy Kohl, the local who provided this information says that she can hardly find any burro sign when she rides. There are a few small herds left, but not many. She was also under the impression that AZGF was managing the burro herds in the area, which does seem to be the case. State control never seems to turn out well because of their propensity for using what they call “lethal reduction”. The burros of AZ are in real trouble. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are pushing to have public land put under state control and to have the burro “problem” solved through removal. None of this bodes well for the burros who are dwindling to such low numbers that they will gone in our lifetime if we do not intervene.

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  3. Arizona Game & Fish…NOT a good track record on Wildlife conservation
    From PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

    ARIZONA GAME AGENCY SCAPEGOATS COUGARS FOR BIGHORN TRAVAILS
    http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2008/04/29/arizona-game-agency-scapegoats-cougars-for-bighorn-travails/

    Agency Engages in “Biological McCarthyism” by Targeting Puma as Bighorn Gain
    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been making misleading statements about the role pumas play in bighorn population levels and has had to issue one public correction. Other uncorrected misstatements raise doubts about whether the state game agency will honor a one-year moratorium against killing more panthers that it had agreed to just last week, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been making misleading statements about the role pumas play in bighorn population levels and has had to issue one public correction. Other uncorrected misstatements raise doubts about whether the state game agency will honor a one-year moratorium against killing more panthers that it had agreed to just last week, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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  4. Wild Burro Protection League shared Oatman, Arizona’s video.

    But, look the burros and bighorn sheep are able to co-exist and have always done so. There is not a conflict of forage usage, ant the removal of species harms the health of the ecosystem.

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    • How hard can it be to realize that 2 different species can co-exist and both are safer than alone? But that’s not what “hunters” want to hear. Same as with livestock producers – every blade of grass a wild horse or burro consumes is one less for their destructive animals. I live in NY and confess I have no experience with bighorn sheep & very little with burros (only one!) Still I don’t have any problem understanding how different animals get along to the advantage of both.

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  5. Not only do wild burros coexist with bighorn sheep, they benefit the habitat in myriad ways — digging water wells that many other species use, spreading seeds, fertilizing the range. I’m glad that you’re raising these concerns because the burros are gravely threatened; since this is an election year, it’s important to put candidates on the spot. Please tell me who in Arizona is lobbying to have the Black Mountain HMA designated as a wild burro range or preserve.

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  6. BLM ADVISORY BOARD MEETING SEPT 9-11, 2013

    Dr. Lori Eggert, University of Missouri – Genetic Diversity
    Genetic diversity of burro populations well below what you would see in healthy populations.
    12 burro HMAs with populations between 2 and 49 animals.
    Burro populations do need priority for genetic management.

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  7. 3-10-11 MICHAEL BLAKE AT PHOENIX STOP-THE-ROUNDUPS PRESS CONFERENCE

    Talk by Michael Blake, Dances With Wolves author/filmmaker, at Stop-the-Roundups press conference preceding a national meeting of the federal Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
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