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10 feral animals wreaking environmental havoc

By: Sidney Stevens on June 7, 2012, 7 p.m.

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Drive through the gorgeous desert landscape of Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area — just a 30-minute trip from the Las Vegas strip — and you can’t miss them: feral burros wandering as freely and abundantly as squirrels. These descendants of burros abandoned by Spanish explorers in the 1600s and miners in the 1800s now roam most of the western U.S. under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. If you’re looking to own an iconic piece of Americana, good news: you can adopt up to four burros a year for about $135 a piece.