BLM asks public not to feed wild burros

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BULLHEAD CITY -- They're cute, they run free and they're often hungry. However, the burros that wander around the Oatman ghost town are getting fat and sick because tourists are overfeeding them.

The Bureau of Land Management is asking Oatman visitors, shopkeepers and residents to stop giving burros carrots, hay pellets, salt cubes and even water.

BLM Public Affairs Officer Mike Brown said the wild burros that live around Oatman are healthier than the burros that hang around the old copper mining town.

Brown said burros can get all the nutrients and sustenance they need from desert vegetation around Oatman southeast of Bullhead City.

Some business owners in Oatman say the burros are becoming aggressive because they are not being fed.

Information from: Mohave Valley Daily News

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