Donkey Killing Policy Halted

An estimated 300 wild donkeys have been granted a reprieve from a lethal state plan which has killed about 130 of them since 2007. They live in the Big Bend Ranch State Park, a 316,000 acre area. Park rangers had been eliminating some of them, because they are considered an invasive species, meaning they were introduced and can do damage to native plants while consuming water.

Native species might suffer due to the foraging of the large four-footed ungulates. Parts of Texas are still undergoing drought conditions, and having the donkeys around is believed by some to reduce water availability for native species.

Three hundred donkeys in a park with 316,000 acres would be about one donkey per one thousand acres if they were distributed evenly, so one might argue they probably aren’t doing that much damage. But perhaps it isn’t clear to anyone yet exactly if the donkeys are living in one concentrated area and precisely what their impact is. An aerial survey is going to be conducted to get a better picture of where the donkeys are and their true impact. If the aerial survey shows the impact isn’t so large, it might call into question the eliminating of 130 of them over the last five years.

Protestors gathered 103,000 signatures and asked Governor Perry to stop the state’s donkey killing. People who support the policy still argue they are invasive and harm habitats for native animals. Some of this damage though appears to be just donkey poop and urine. The state of Texas has photos of the “damage caused by feral burros” here.

The Humane Society offered to provide a nonlethal plan to deal with them, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will contribute up to $10,00 for the aerial survey.

“We are happy to work with the department and are pleased that they have halted lethal control of the burros while discussions are under way,” said a Human Society official. (Source: Business Week)

One option is trapping and relocation, but it can be very difficult to nab them, and transfer to other places is expensive, if there is a facility available.

Image Credit: Lilly M / Wiki Commons

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Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago

I hope they didn't kill them.
Poor babies.

Deborah H.
Deborah Hearne5 years ago

Basically, they want to kill donkeys so people can have their grass fed beef and so hunters can hunt wild sheep. This is terrible. The excuse that the wild donkeys are hurting the native species is just that, an excuse. Humans are going to hurt the native species more with their hunting and cattle herding. This makes me even more pissed that I have to pay taxes on this crap.

Ewelina Grobelna
Ewelina Grobelna5 years ago

Once again: why saving one thing has to mean that something else HAS TO BE KILLED????? What is wrong with you people??? How is that OK?????

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago

At last! Killing donkeys is man's fault again. It's time it stopped. There must be other solutions.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Michelle P5 years ago

I hope they did indeed find an alternative solution to killing them, it's not the donkeys fault. It's the fault of the stupid humans again.

Teckla Wattman
Teckla Wattman5 years ago

one might also say that we, the human race, are an invasive species and cause harm to native wildlife as well. Maybe it is us causing the harm and not the donkeys..... but let us blame the donkeys for they can not speak for themselves and tend to eat alot of plants while we knock down trees and shoot wildlife so we can build more houses and dump our trash everywhere....etc, etc, etc.

Vera Taylor
Vera Taylor5 years ago

everything and everyone travel across country lines. Why is it such a problem all the sudden? Nothing seems to "NEED" a stupid human to OK their presence in another area for them to live there. Thats how they spred from one place to another. THEN along comes people who have to controle everything and everyone. Give me a break and knock it off. Stupid humans think they are all gods!!!

ann b.
Ann B5 years ago

Hope their talks provide a solution because they should not be killing donkeys off.

marc horton
marc horton5 years ago

love you donkeysburros