Texas "Donkey War"
Texas and donkeys have a long history, and the cultural significance goes back to the old days of settling the West. Now the donkeys or burros as they're known in Texas, are considered destructive intruders. Texas Park Rangers are trying to wipe out the free roaming donkeys that live in their parks. So far 130 donkeys have been killed. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates there are about 300 wild donkeys that are taking over habitat in the Big Bend State Park and drinking water in a state suffering from drought. The donkeys are assumed to have come from Mexico, deserted on Mexican ranches and then crossing over to Texas. The donkeys are eating, drinking and taking away from the native species of Texas.
Some residents of Texas believe the state only cares about one animal; the bighorn sheep. That is why they have issued orders to shoot the donkeys, they are taking habitat from the bighorns. Luis Armenderiz, a former Big Bend supervisor, has stated that the donkeys' impact is low, no more than people constructing bike trails. In the past bighorn sheep permits have sold at auction for $100,000 and more. From AJC.com.