the old days of the American West, it was burro power,
teams of mules or donkeys, that moved freight across the
drivers were long ago replaced by truckers, and their 18-wheeled
vehicles have taken the place of 18-burro teams, but the
stubborn animals remain in many parts of the West, now
running wild in many areas, including Nevada's Red Rock
four-legged imports are the canyon's “unofficial mascots,” according
to a report from KVBC TV in Las Vegas. The burros, which
like animals in parks and other natural attractions come
down to roads for handouts, can become a traffic hazard.
ironically, taxes from America's truckers may help pay
for measures to protect the burros in that area.
group of Nevada legislators has introduced AB276, a measure
designed to protect the animals and drivers on state Route
159, which passes through the area. The Nevada bill calls
for fencing along the highway to separate burros from Buicks
in the scenic and popular area.
addition to the fence, the bill calls for state officials
to find two places for “burro bridges,” underpasses where
the burros and other livestock can move underneath the
bill, which was introduced March 11, and is now before
the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at email@example.com.