Texans seem conflicted when it comes to donkeys.
Many of them believe the animal holds a special place in their history and deserves protection.
Others are shooting them with large-caliber hunting rifles.
Nearly 130 donkeys have been killed so far by Texas Park Rangers.
When wild donkeys wander across the border from Mexico, they're shot.
Apparently Texans dislike animal border-hoppers as much as illegal human immigrants.
They believe the integration of these forging donkeys will out-forage the area and drink up the water, threatening the survival of the native species.
Some people say they're killing the donkeys so the Texas bighorn sheep population can grow large enough to allow rich game hunters to come bag themselves a bighorn.
The director of natural resources at the park said:
"They say we're doing this just so four rich white guys can hunt bighorn sheep out here. That's just not true."
All we know is, just because we drew an invisible line in the sand, it's not like there's Mexican nature and Texan nature.
The donkeys are creatures of the earth, there are no lines. They should be allowed to go where they please.
[Image via AP Images.]
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