Operation Eeyore: Army to Round Up Desert Donkeys

Officials looking to pin the tail on a problem

Wanna buy a donkey?

About 100 wild burros will be rounded up in the Mojave Desert next month and put up for adoption because they keep invading the Fort Irwin Army base, according to officials from the Bureau of Land Management.

The donkeys are attracted by natural springs of water in the area, and officials say training must be halted every time the animals roam through the live-fire areas.  They also impact the habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

The BLM plans to remove the donkeys beginning in late August. There have been two previous roundups. The BLM says burros are popular, so finding homes for them should be no problem.

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