Wild Burros

Burro’s shooting death prompts investigation, outrage

SOURCE:  Havasu News

Burros wander the streets of Oatman, an old mining town in Mohave County, about an hour’s drive from Lake Havasu City.

By Flickr user Keppet

By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald

The New Year’s Eve shooting death of a young burro has ignited a firestorm on social media.

According to Needles resident Eileen Sparks, the burro was found by motorists inside the town of Oatman, the victim of a gunshot. The animal appeared to be dazed, she said, and unwilling to move from the roadway. A bullet wound was clearly visible against the burro’s body.

“We were driving in for the day when we saw him,” Sparks said. “Some off-roaders had gotten out of their vehicles…the pure shock on their faces made us stop. In our eight years coming here, we’ve never seen a burro that had been shot. They were trying to get him out of the road, but he just stood there.”

Another driver contacted authorities, Sparks said, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management dispatched a ranger to the scene. According to BLM officials, the burro’s injuries were so grave that the animal had to be euthanized.

“It’s one of the saddest things I’ve seen,” Sparks said. “My heart is broken. We need to find out who did this…I want to contribute to a reward to find out who did this.”

Sparks isn’t the only one. Oatman visitors and residents have spread the story through social media, quickly identifying the yearling as a familiar sight in the town.   Read the rest of this article HERE.

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  1. Are these Burros under BLM management in an HMA, or are they outside any HMA boundaries? They may fall under the purview of the city or ASPCA’S new Equine Welfare Department. If so, they should be contacted ASAP:

    “The ASPCA has just launched the new department of Equine Welfare with a strategic and ambitious plan aimed at assuring all equines have good welfare, by working collaboratively with stakeholders in both the rescue community and equine industries to help at-risk horses safely transition to new careers and homes, increase safety net support for horse owners so they have adequate access to resources in times of need, and enhance its strong anti-cruelty efforts.”


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    • Thank you IcySpots for this crucial information. The Neanderthal/s who perpetrated this barbaric inhumane action will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law. Will work to get a reward in place for the arrest of this/these cretins.


      • This is heartbreaking and infuriating. As the guardian of a mother-daughter burro pair originally from the Lake Havasu HMA, it is doubly troubling. Please let me know, Rad, if there’s any way we in CO can help in your followup. Too many legislators and government officials think people don’t give a damn about burros/donkeys. We do, and we need to make that known loud & clear: https://vimeo.com/247067886


  2. Who’s Shooting Arizona’s Wild Burros?
    By Peter O’Dowd
    Published: Friday, February 28, 2014

    “It doesn’t even move,” said resident Jim Quinn, who rents his home to tourists. “It just stands there and looks at you, and then it’s like a stationary target.”

    Federal investigators in Arizona have a mystery on their hands. Since 2009, they have counted 18 unsolved shootings in the desert outside of Phoenix.
    But let’s get something straight here. We are talking about donkeys, wild burros protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. In late January, two more from the Lake Pleasant herd were found dead among the desert scrub and beavertail cactus.

    “We consider that a murder scene,” said the Bureau of Land Management’s Steve Bird.

    Bird stood about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, where a dirt road stops at a gate. From evidence at the scene, Bird could tell the shooter was well-trained.

    In 2012, five burros were killed in one day, according to BLM records. Eleven were shot in a single barrage back in 2009. Bill Clinton was president the last time anyone got caught. In that case, it was a target-shooting doctor from Phoenix.

    It doesn’t even move,” said resident Jim Quinn, who rents his home to tourists. “It just stands there and looks at you, and then it’s like a stationary target.”

    In the rugged mountains around Oatman, Quinn explained why the animals matter to Arizona. He pointed to the hills to show off the remnants of so many gold mines.

    “The burros was like the middle-class blue-collar of labor of America. Without the burros a lot of things couldn’t have gotten done,” Quinn said.


  3. It’s sad that this has become the new norm, as if it weren’t bad enough that we as humans fear going into movie theaters or attending concerts due to the possibility of some lowlife stabbing or shooting people. It seems like every six months there is a headline about wild horses or burros that have been shot.


  4. [http://gov.nv.gov/uploadedImages/govnvgov/Content/ImagesEmail/email-header.png]

    Dear Ms. Dewar:

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Governor Sandoval’s office in regard to the recent Nevada Board of Agriculture decision to transfer ownership of the Virginia Range horses. We appreciate your correspondence, as it helps us to better serve all Nevadans and those who visit our great state.

    As you know, on December 12, the Nevada Board of Agriculture voted eight to one to direct the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to transfer ownership of the Virginia Range feral/estray horses to a non-profit animal advocate organization to own and manage. The NDA will consider the concerns voiced by the public in drafting the RFP. Some of the criteria for the organization that will be included in the RFP is listed as follows:

    • an organization with a demonstrable history of animal preservation to avoid the unrestricted sale of the horses

    • an organization with the resources needed to own and manage feral/estray livestock, such as: funding and the potential for funding; a team (of staff or volunteers) or the ability to build a team; and support from cooperating or partner organizations including local, regional or national nonprofits, businesses and/or governments

    • an organization that can manage all aspects of the Virginia Range feral/estray horses, including: administering fertility control; reducing and preventing public safety issues; and cooperating professionally with area residents, businesses and governments

    In the spirit of protection and preservation, the NDA is hopeful that a non-profit animal advocate group will be successful in managing these feral horses on the range. We encourage you to look for announcements from the NDA regarding the request for proposal in January. The RFP will be posted to the Department’s website at http://agri.nv.gov/Administration/Grant_Opportunities/

    Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with the Governor’s office. We appreciate hearing from constituents and truly value your input.

    Sincere regards,

    Shannon Litz Constituent Services

    This was the response I recvd from my comments on the Virginia Range issue. Will you be monitoring this nonprofit advocate search? I do not know if I will be notified when one is chosen but will wait for your updates on this issue. Thank you for all the updates and I’ve gotten lot’s of responses from Face Book commenters about your articles. Thank you for all that you guys do and Happy New Year to you all, Pat Dewar



    • Thanks, Pat. We’ll let you know when we hear anything more about this. American Wild Horse Campaign had signed an agreement with the State of Nevada regarding the Virginia Range Horses (the link to this agreement is no longer up on their website) and they had been applying PZP to these horses.


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