Joey Palacios, Texas Public Radio

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Joey Palacios is a reporter with Texas Public Radio, an NPR member station in San Antonio. 

Environment
2:29 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Wild Donkeys Being Shot In Big Bend State Park

A photo of some burros in Arizona. Texas state parks officials have been shooting wild donkeys in Big Bend State Park to prevent them from damaging native species, angering the Wild Burro Protection League.
Photo by Alan English http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanenglish/

Wild donkeys, also known as burros, are wandering into Texas from Mexico. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department considers about 300 burros in Big Bend to be destructive intruders that hog food and water needed by the park's native species.  

Brent Leisure with Texas State Parks and Wildlife says they’re dealing with the problem by hunting the burros.

“We’re managing for indigenous native plant and animal communities, and that not being a part of it, we do know that the burros have a negative impact and effect on native wildlife and plants,” Leisure said.

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