In Arizona, a Mohave County District Supervisor, Steve Moss has proposed issuing donkey hunting permits. Moss explained to reporters that the hunting permits will help reduce the overpopulation of donkeys in Mohave County. The Bureau of Land Management latest estimate puts the donkey population at approximately 1,400 to 1,800 donkeys, far above what BLM recommendation of 478 donkeys.
Moss readily admits that the county does not have the legal authority to issue hunting permits for wild donkeys. Wild donkeys have been protected since the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro act, and no state or local government can remove animals from the range. “What we want is the BLM to come up with a solution, regardless of what it might be. We are hoping that the ‘shock’ value of the agenda item will motivate the BLM to direct the funding required towards adoption, sterilization, removal and relocation, fencing, etc. programs,” Moss’s office told reporters.
“It’s only a matter of time until a burro goes through someone’s windshield and kills a family,” Moss said.
Original Story and Photo: Havasu NewsAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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