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Is more like the heat stresses the ass wranglers haha

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They didn't remove any burros from Saline Valley.  When we were out at the springs in July, Lee told me that the "Ass Wranglers" wouldn't attempt to capture any burros when the temperature was above 104 degrees.  They claim that doing so would "stress" the animals.  Lee and I had a good laugh at that, since we've both seen burros standing in the direct sun when it's been 120 degrees.  They didn't look too stressed!
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Does anyone have a report of how many donkeys we removed from SV. since they decided to...

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Originally from North Africa, the Wild Burro (Equus asinus) sometimes called the Wild Ass, was introduced in the 1500's by the Spanish. At an average of 4 1/2 feet tall and 350 pounds, the burro is adaptable and can tolerate a water loss of about 30% of its body weight. They can be dangerous but generally are not. Burros can feed on a wide variety of plants but prefer grasses. The burros in Saline Valley love cardboard! Burros have no natural predator and are not susceptible to disease. This allows them to live up to 25 years. 


CFR 36 (Code of Federal Regulations) 2.2 prohibits the feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentional disturbing of wildlife within national parks.  


A picture containing blackDescription automatically generatedThat said it is in the best interest of wild animals not to feed them. They are better off left to fend for themselves so as not to become dependent on humans. Feeding the burros changes their behavior. Burros are smart and learn quickly that humans keep their food in ice chests and storage boxes in their camp. If you leave those items unattended and accessible, they learn to raid your supplies. The best policy is not to leave any food or supplies accessible to burros or any wildlife. Be sure and get your free bumper sticker and educate those new to Saline Valley.  It is very important that we all do our part to get this message out to the user community.  

(Flipper) Mike Ramsey, SPA Vice President/Treasurer

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