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Adoption program eyed for wild Arizona burros

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Posted at 5:38 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 07:38:05-05

Officials have presented a proposal to adopt out wild burros in an attempt to cull the overpopulated herds in Arizona.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports state and federal officials met with Sen. John McCain in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the plan amid traffic problems and concerns over resources.

Officials say the overpopulated nonindigenous burro problem in Mohave County has led to traffic accidents on state and county highways. They also say the population has taken a toll on the feed and water resources mule deer, bighorn sheep and other native animals and birds rely on for survival.

Mohave County supervisors Steve Moss called the adoption program "compassionate."

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management must sign off on the adoption proposal.