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.
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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.