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Hey Del you been to Oatman?

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/08/31/20090831ObeseBurros31-ON.html


There is an epidemic in an old gold mining town in western Arizona: The wild burros that roam the town's single street are overweight, with rolls of fat on their necks and big, full bellies. But don't blame them. They'll eat anything.

It's the half million tourists who visit tiny Oatman each year. They're the ones who have been feeding these critters carrots, hay or anything else, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says.

The agency, which manages the burros, has launched a campaign it hopes will eventually steer the burros back into the desert to forage for grass and shrubs - and get them back into shape.

"The town has really encouraged burros to be down there; it's part of the draw of Oatman," said Roger Oyler, the program lead for wild horses and burros at the BLM in Phoenix. "We want to try to work with them to have burros around town, but we don't want the people feeding them."

Oatman attracts tourists wanting to see the honeymoon spot of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard and ogle the wild burros. The town of about 120 also boasts staged shootouts, tour bus holdups and shotgun weddings in a throwback to the Wild West.

The dozen burros that roam the street lined with antique, craft and gift shops are descendants of domesticated donkeys that miners released when the federal government shut down the gold mines after World War II.

"If it weren't for the burros, the rest of us wouldn't be here," says Jerry Love, who has worn many hats at the local chamber of commerce.
 

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When i was a kid we used to use the donkeys for target practice, then the US government came out with the wild donkey and wild maverick protection act and them little bastards have been tearing the hell out of the desert.
 

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It ain't like it used to be when Sam Steiger shot that one and claimed self defense. Now a guy can't practice on donkeys and has to wait for season to shoot prarie dogs, hell will freeze over next.
 
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