If you were hiking through Big Bend Ranch State Park, which animal would you prefer to catch a glimpse of – a wild burro or a bighorn sheep?
It’d be cool to glimpse either animal in their natural habitat, but I guess I’d go with the bighorn sheep.
Big game hunters with deep pockets don’t even ponder that question. They want to see bighorn sheep. And then shoot them.
Park officials appreciate those revenue-generating hunters. So, to keep bighorn sheep plentiful, Texas Parks & Wildlife employees kill the wild burros. Shoot them on sight, even though there are only a few hundred left.
Animal lovers created an online petition to stop the slaughter.
“The parks department is systematically killing these animals to ensure a supply of bighorn sheep for trophy hunters,” Animal Law Coalition executive director Laura Allen, who is supporting the campaign at Change.org. “They are simply eliminating wild burros in yet another giveaway of America’s protected natural resources to special interests; it is an abuse of power and animal cruelty.”
I called the state parks department for comment but the person they directed me to hasn’t returned my phone call.