AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Protesters rode burros to the Texas Capitol and delivered a petition with 100,000 signatures asking an end to shooting the animals in the wild.
The Wild Burro Protection League's petition asks Gov. Rick Perry to stop Texas Parks and Wildlife officials from hunting wild burros in Big Bend Ranch State Park. The state agency considers the 300 wild donkeys that live in the park to be a destructive invader. The state says the burros destroy the habitat of bighorn sheep, which were once extinct in the park.
But the league considers the burros a heritage species because it played such an important role in human settlement of the area. They oppose killing the animals. The league delivered the petition Wednesday.