WILD BURRO MANAGEMENT
a service of the
PEACEFUL VALLEY DONKEY RESCUE
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: How is PVDR's Wild Burro Management Program funded?
Answer: Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue is a federally recognized nonprofit charity. It receives charitable gifts from people who are deeply committed to wild burro safety and we use those funds in place of government tax dollars to secure the safety of wild burros throughout the land.
Question: What regions does Peaceful Valley operate in?
Answer: Peaceful Valley's entire rescue operation is involved with projects all across the lower 48 states, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Our Wild Burro Management Projects typically take place in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas.
Question: Does PVDR sterilize all captured burros?
Answer: The procedure is much too invasive on females, but all males are castrated by fourth year veterinary students from Texas A&M University.
Question: What is the difference between a Donkey and a Burro?
Answer: Nothing. Both terms refer to Equus Asinis, the common ass. We use "Donkey" to refer to domestic animals and "Burro" to refer to wild animals.
Question: What happens to the burros after they are caught?
Answer: PVDR is first and foremost a Donkey Rescue. We genuinely care about the welfare of all donkeys. Once a burro is captured it is taken to a staging area. Upon arrival the burros are given a RFID 15 digit ear tag, a 15 digit subcutaneous microchip, a "PV" freeze brand and blood is drawn and sent to a lab to test for common equine diseases. Once acclimated to domestic life, the burros will undergo training. Friendliness, acceptance of a halter, walking on lead and picking up hooves for trimming are all graded. Once the burro has a passing grade, they are placed in our nationwide network of adoption facilities. Even when adopted the burro are still the property of PVDR and must be returned if the adopter is no longer able to care for the burro.
Question: What does PVDR charge for their services?
Answer: Peaceful Valley's main goal is to ensure the safety of the wild burro under management. Often times, the federal, state and private budgets do not have a proper allocation to meet their required burro management levels. PVDR looks at each project at a case by case basis and enlists the help of donors and corporate sponsors whenever possible.
Question: How are the burros typically captured?
Answer: Because our goal is to place these burros into forever, loving homes, we must use the most gentle means of capture at our disposal. Typically water and bait trapping are used. We can also employ drones and mounted wranglers. Our least often used method is helicopter roundups.
Question: Where is Peaceful Valley Located?
Answer: Peaceful Valley's main rescue and rehabilitation headquarters is located on 172 acre facility in San Angelo, Texas. We also have a Wild Burro Training Center in Scenic, Arizona and a Major Transportation Center in Concord, Virginia. In addition to our sanctuaries, we maintain 20+ throughout Texas and Louisiana, PVDR operates Satellite Adoption Centers located throughout the United States.
Question: Why do burros need to be managed?
Answer: The modern Burro is not indigenous to North America and has no natural predators to keep their populations in check. In many regions this leads to explosions in their numbers and that can be detrimental to native wildlife, water sources and vegetation. It should be noted that managed populations of wild burros have a positive effect on wildlife and vegetation.
Question: Who does PVDR use as professional capture wranglers?
Answer: PVDR uses the Cattoor Family Wranglers exclusively. The Cattoor Family has decades of experience in both wild burro and wild horse captures. They are highly recommended and have worked for all divisions of the Department of the Interior.
Question: What is BuRRO?
Answer: Burro Rescue Research Organization, or BuRRO, is a two-sided approach to research. One side is Headed by distinguished veterinarian Eric Davis, DVM, DACVS, DACVIM, who leads a team of donkey expert veterinarians in issues related to the health of wild burros. The second team is lead by PhD student Erick Lundgren and is engaged with the ecology of wild burro impact.
Question: Which burros are federally protected.
Answer: The revised Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 states that:
"wild free-roming horses and burros" means all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands of the United States
Public Lands are defined as:
"public lands" means any land administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management or through the Secretary of Agriculture through the Forest Service.
This protection does not extend to burro residing on lands managed by:
US Fish & Wildlife Service
National Park Service
US Department of Agriculture
State held lands
Executive Director Mark Meyers with a wild jack he encountered in Death Valley