BETSY BLANEY reporting for the ASSOCIATED PRESS writes:
The Texas wildlife agency said Tuesday it is suspending a policy that allows the killing of burros in a state park along the Mexican border after the Humane Society of the United States offered to devise a nonlethal plan to remove the destructive animals.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will contribute up to $10,000 toward a humane society aerial survey of the wild donkeys at Big Bend Ranch State Park this spring to establish baseline data, agency executive director Carter Smith said.
“We believe this could be valuable information to assess the problem with burros around the park,” Smith said. “We still have a long way to go to see if a viable, long-term plan can be developed.” Continue reading >>
In a post written by Tawnee Preisner, Vice President of Horse Plus Humane Society, Smith says he is “cautiously optimistic” a resolution can be found, but if not, they will return to their lethal control policy, in other words, gunning down wild burros to make way for Big Horn Sheep.
We will see if this turns out to be good news for any of the sheep or the burros.
If both are killed, it will benefit man by way of big revenues gained from the deaths these animals. Hunting licenses for Big Horn Sheep can reach as high as $100,000 per license.