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Death Valley National Park is stunningly barren. even though they are not native they are filling a job that native animals already killed off by humans should be doing. Call for Investigation of Allegedly Illegal Diversion of Park Water for a Mine Tropical climate, salt air, and limited water. You go first! Domestic cattle have decimated public lands in the western U.S. but Americans love to eat them. “They have no predators and no disease essentially, and so their numbers continue to increase exponentially,” says Josh Hoines, the former chief of resources at the park. All these factors make it appear as if the burros have no predators, Lundgren says, but actually point to a more complicated dynamic. This is a proven fact. A growth rate of 20 percent a year “is really the low end of what I’ve seen published.”. Ecosystem served as a balancing tool and millions years it is running. If you take away the burro, the land will revert to desert with no vegetation. The mine is off to the right on the northern end of a small mountain range located between Racetrack Valley and Hidden Valley. So if it’s a matter of burro over-population then why not try to control it with a similar technique as encouraged with canines and felines – liken it to spay/neuter? “leave the ecosystem alone including the burros” That’s simplistic. Removal of Death Valley Wild Burros Continues Western Horse Watchers Range January 10, 2020 January 10, 2020 The director of a rescue tasked with removing up to 4,000 burros from the park says his organization can do it if it’s allowed enough time and if other state and federal agencies cooperate, according to a report posted today by the Las Vegas Sun . It’s a double negative, costing tax-payers money and causing more detriment. Donkeys are good eating…. The contraceptive PZP will effectively and humanely control the burro population: “he agency should, however, return a significant number of the horses back to their range on public lands. All efforts to remove the burros, the wild horses and their predators–all of whom lend a greater balance to the land than anything self-serving humans can do–should be halted immediately until a thorough investigation can be made by Congress to weed out the criminals from a department initially designed to protect “in perpetuity” by an ACT OF CONGRESS IN 1971, their lives. I think there are plenty of stories of donkey and camel females with marbles or peach pit IUDs in place. There is no question. Thank you for the wonderful article on burros. In truth, they are little more “invasive” than species like Pronghorn and Bighorn and Elk and mountain lions, because they have only “invaded” their natural space that they called home for well over a million years before any humans got here. Adopt a burro and help a bighorn! We have boots on the ground like Eric Lundgren, studying what happens, how it all works out. MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! Death Valley National Park is con... tinuing its work to reduce feral burro populations within the park's boundaries. Burros set free by long-ago prospectors who failed to strike it rich in the landscape now known as Death Valley National Park have steadily increased in number. The biggest problem is not the burro it is humans who are so arrogant as to believe they can and should control everything, jmho…. Death Valley National Park is con... tinuing its work to reduce feral burro populations within the park's boundaries. The burros are playing a vital role in the ecosystem, especially in light of the fact that the megafauna are extinct. The National Park Service said Thursday it has entered into a contract with Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, a Texas-based nonprofit, to round up and remove up to 2,500 wild burros from the park 100 miles west of Las Vegas. I take some here in Puerto rico ,I got a few acres with a lot of grass and water ,right now my neighbor have some caws in my pasture . The BEST thing to do would be to allow them to be hunted. The Lost Burro Mine can be found about 2.7 miles SSE of Teakettle Junction through the Lost Burro Gap along the Hidden Valley road. The Legacy of Charles Elton. man disrupts, disturbs, rapes and murders nature . You should not have approached a wild animal, and attacking one is unforgivable and illegal. Lundgren should go back to Sydney and work on invasive species issues in his own backyard, I hear that there are plenty. Some studies suggest that high levels of mountain lion predation essentially negate population growth in some wild horse herds. When the question of the horse’s native status is put to scientists, they roll their eyes. Genetic diversity of burro populations well below what you would see in healthy populations. they are not because thats there only home they’er just trying to protect there youngins and home if there youngins died how do u think they would feel put ur self in their shoes. Vuros chotos de oscar. Yes, ‘they’ are the enemy. “I think we can get better results by focusing on protecting apex predators and landscape connectivity instead of trying to turn back time and remove wild burros,” he says. It holds the world record for the hottest place on earth topping out at 134 F in 2013. Of course donkeys are gods creatures. The park service relies on such science to make these claims and I would recommend standing by them in this decision. Great Article ! The wild burros and wild horses are not really invasive species, because they have evolved for over 1.5 million years in the American West, before their very recent extinction event that coincided with the arrival of humans from across the land bridge. They are a non-native species, descendants of those brought in by 19th century prospectors. I respect these researchers for their out of the box thinking and how they boot-strapped the research with little help from the usual funding sources. Take the burros out or leave them there? They are your representatives for the preservation of flora and fauna on our Natiuonal Parks. In one e-mail dated October 3, 2017 the NPS Washington Office in Denver (Geological Resources Division (GRD)) advised Death Valley National Park officials to accept the Bush Mining Company (BMC) claims despite not meeting requirements: Google would be your best bet). Asher Elbein is a writer based in Austin, Texas. arguing that exotic animals — including burros — are filling important roles in ecosystems, Andrus gives reprieve to Grand Canyon burros, Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters, Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado, Workers reflect on Oregon’s first and last coal plant, In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon, In Arizona, fighting a copper mine planned on sacred land, Workers reflect on Oregon’s first and last coal plant, Pro-Trump riots won’t stop the winds of political change blowing in the West, The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences. Their findings suggested that abandoned burro wells serve as germination nurseries for cottonwood and willows — keystone tree species in the Southwest — and as water resources for native amphibians, insects, and mammals. Bottom line: while effective and HUMANE methods of sterilization are under development they will, at best, be a part of the solution. Humans have taken too much of the land that belong to the wild creatures and then fuss that they are the nuisance. Manage your herd responsibly. The non-native myth is a tale told by BLM, which is beholden to the livestock lobby. Pictured: A previously seen wild burrow descended from those left by miners in Death Valley National Park. This valuable information can possibly be utilized for future planning for eco-system reversals which actually have a positive influence on the environment around us that humans unfortunately have had a lengthy history of destroying. Originally they are from Africa (where they were called Wild Asses), but have been surviving happily for the past 500 years in the dry deserts such as Death Valley. These animals were a great addition to the bluhlessness in these deserts. While a 1971 federal law forbade the hunting of mustangs and burros and set aside tracts of land under the Bureau of Land Management for both, Death Valley and other federal parks have tried to keep the populations as small as possible. . Eliminating wild burros from Death Valley has been the Park Service’s stated goal since the adoption of a master plan for the 3.4 million acre park in … For now, managers aka lawyers for lobby groups think they have to do something for the sack of doing something when in reality in this area, observation is the only thing for us to do for the next decade or so. Originally brought in by miners over 100 years ago, burros aren't native to this landscape and without predators here populations have soared -- growing at roughly 20% yearly! One of my favorite memories is seeing a herd of wild horses emerge from a dust storm. (Henry Brean/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Another point left out is the findings that Equine are a self regulating specie, meaning they regulate their herd size according to resources. Any burros deemed too wild or aggressive for adoption will be placed on one of Peaceful Valley’s sanctuaries, where they will have the sense of freedom while still receiving the same medical care as those on our main facility. In my area, I have the evidence of my own eyes and biological surveys. But saying they are non-native or invasive is akin to saying if you take a vacation in Europe for a month you lose your US citizenship. As with any species that falls under human management mistakes are normal because of under educated management. While a 1971 federal law forbade the hunting of mustangs and burros and set aside tracts of land under the Bureau of Land Management for both, Death Valley and other federal parks have tried to keep the populations as small as possible. More than 85% of American’s want these sentient and giving creatures left alone and yet, both departments continue to waste billions of taxpayer $ on roundups, holding pens, where uncertainty and probably slaughter are their only end. And/or send a hundred or so into Montana and Alaska to be preyed upon by bears. It is not as easy as assuming that all introduced species are bad, nor all god’s creatures should be left alone. Let’s hear it for pit BBQ! With BLM, their always seems to be an issue with wildlife. While such kills might be attributable to just a few lions, Lundgren argues, they might also be a signal that the lion population is adapting to target the largest available prey in the ecosystem, which would provide a natural check on burro populations. “Just trust the experts”…sorry, but hasn’t it been the experts that put the west in a situation where wildfires have so much fuel because “the experts” chose 100% suppression that now millions of people have lost power…because it’s windy? This world is theirs too. At first glance, the burro problem seems like a cut-and-dried example of “invasion biology,” a conservation subdiscipline that focuses on the destructive impact of non-native species — from cats and rats that wreak havoc on island ecosystems to Asian carp and zebra mussels that clog inland waterways. Obviously, damage has been done. Just for fun: They were also known as “Panamint Canaries”, @ least back in my desert- The horse can suffer internal bleeding, infection, trauma and death – a very painful death. An additional problem arose because of the Car -Deer accidents increased by 100%. This article was originally published by Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. seeing these animals wandering the desert is awe inspiring. My guess is they are actually hybrids, descending from both burros, horses and mules. Completely incorrect. To determine the benefit and destruction there need to be 10 years study follow up with 20 years study and finally the 50 years study. LAUGH. The population will naturally thin out and it seems like a better, humane way to manage the population. The burros, descendants of animals brought to Death Valley by 19th-century prospectors, are a "non-native" species in the park. For example, grazing animals prevent shrubs and trees from growing and can over-graze, turning everything to desert. Spay and neuter is neither, even in the hands of the most skilled practitioners. Burros also destroy the landscape and vegetation like the feral horses do. How can killing or removing ever be the correct answer when it comes to animals? Instant vilification. “Exotic” herbivores like burros seem to be ensuring the springs stay open, she says, though it’s healthiest for the ecosystem at large if they don’t linger for too long. Photographs of these wells have been used as evidence of negative burro impact, Lundgren says. ‘Unhealthy’ or ‘healthy’ usually just means ‘desirable or undesirable,’ and we should be up front about that.”. This is the same problem Australia have with the camel population because camel is the non-native specie. STOP KILLING ANIMALS. People and agencies who over manage nature are foolish. In addition, burro herds in the park tend to shield themselves by clustering around areas of heavy human habitation, which lions tend to avoid. I care for feral or community cats so I understand the problem to a point. An article full of concepts beloved by the burro (and wild horse) crowd, but wildlife did fine without burros for quite a few centuries between the Pleistocene and now, so I don’t buy those arguments. No natural enemies? But as far as he knows, well-digging behavior and its impacts in Death Valley have never been the subject of formal scientific research. I can just imagine Terrible Ted hunting these poor things done with a tranquilizer rifle then shaving their sides and putting images of prominent Democrats on their sides. Changes are occurring constantly, daily, yearly, and moment by moment- no system on earth is actually stable, they just change slowly enough that we tend to think of them as static. Those wild burros aren’t hurting anything out there.,they have been there for a long time. They can work this problem out. Humans are an ignorant species and should leave these animals in peace to live. Death Valley wild burros Download this video Switch To HTML5 Player. usual for the BLM, Just get rid of them,FOOLS. As with nearly all issues in biology, it’s very context-dependent, so they may be more helpful in some years than others.”, It’s a complex issue, in other words, and one Lundgren believes requires deeper study. Why must humans hunt and kill animals to extinction? The answer to the question, “Are they the enemy?”, is always yes. A growth rate of 20% a year “is really the low end of what I’ve seen published.”. (Illegally, I might add as to how these wolves “re-introductions” have upset the apple cart)! Doubtless they have had a negative impact. Until humans are willing to cull their own population – or at least control its birth rate – they should not be making life/death decisions for other species – set aside large tracts of land and then leave it alone – nature will take care of itself – humans are the LAST species that should be in charge. Let us ignore those predator animals are critical for population control and are vital to a healthy ecosystem. The Monument, Figure 1, has CAL-NEVA WILDLIFE 1974. No doubt that removal was egged on by the cattle industry that see any wild grazers as contradictory to their profits. Believe me. The study could answers some questions: who benefit most from the donkeys and what native species struggle the most from having them, what species may be extinct do the donkey activities, what kind of land damage and landscape changes cause by the donkeys and if those changes will be permanent, what is the maximum population of the donkeys before the ecosystem collapse, will the underground water go to waste if not discovery by the donkey, what native species benefit from the underground water, how much of impact mountain lions have on the donkey population, and so on. It showed the resilience of the species also considered a nuisance. So I agree with your suggestions. I’ll bet this free range burro meat is delish. Of these, a subset has the capacity to spread over substantial distances from introduction sites. Did you not read the article that discuesses the burros creating springs used by lots of animals? As the Biden administration begins, tribal nations with ties to Utah assert their relationships to the land. The resulting springs are “strange and magical places,” he says, starkly isolated groves of densely packed willows and cattails, with game trails leading into the thickets opened up by foraging burros. Maintenance of genetic diversity over time is going to require higher population size than even the largest HMA now has. Further, to allow animals to be wild, removal of the hormone sources, that drive social interactions, may be detrimental to welfare. This is important because in a wild ‘polygamous’ species you get a lot more population control out of sterilizing females, as has been demonstrated in many research projects. We must leave the predators alone and stop killing them. They cats are also the unwanted and under appreciated but everyone wants and enjoys the benefit of the rodent control they can and do provide. No one will notice the difference. . they will be glad to get those BURROS,. Man, unfortunately, does not know what is best and is trying to hard to figure it out at the expense of the wildlife. What they don’t take, they’ll pollute with waste, garbage, oil spills and chemicals so that it becomes unusable. . “I think that the idea that these organisms are evolving and responding to each other in this novel system is just so interesting and beautiful, and much more optimistic as a vision of nature, than this fragile native space that needs to be protected.”. But consider for a moment the harsh, rough nurseries these foals are born into. This is a great and thought provoking article, very well written. “We don’t have fences in the park and we’re surrounded by herd management areas of BLM land, which are required by law to regulate wild horses and burro densities. I have also been vacationing and four wheeling in Death Valley since 1971. Check out Park officials said the unidentified man set out for a hike on May 5 at Saline Valley Dunes, an area in the Bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks, and wild burros may be seen. Burros set free by long-ago prospectors who failed to strike it rich in the landscape now known as Death Valley National Park have steadily increased in number. Kill the Donkeys, save america. I don’t agree with the cruelty of it. Maybe we should be sterilized or culled. You should have paid attention to to how creatures go about their lives as free creatures, not as pets or beasts of burden. Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert.It is one of the hottest places on Earth, along with deserts in the Middle East and the Sahara.. 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