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Wild burros at Big Bend Ranch State Park near Presideo, Texas pause on top of a ridge near a remote area called Fresno Canyon Tuesday October 4, 2011. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has a policy of shooting the animals, claiming they ruin habitat and compete with Bighorn Wild Sheep for food.
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FRESNO CANYON — Appearing like a phantom in the shadowy creek bed, the big gray burro stared at the approaching vehicle for a few seconds before scrambling up a rocky hillside, followed by five others.
Pausing at the ridge top, the dusky beasts looked back intently, ears perked, before slipping away.
As the white bones scattered in the canyon bottom made clear, lingering around humans can be fatal for wild burros at the Big Bend Ranch State Park, where in the past year more than 50 have been shot and killed. Read MORE...