These are the famous Red Rock Wild Burros that I saw on our trip to Las Vegas. They were on State Route 159 in the Red Rock Canyon national Conservation Area.
In the past, visitors have fed and tried to pet these animals which caused burros to lose their fear of roads and cars. As a result, both burros and humans died in automobile collisions due to this adaptation. The Nevada political powers initiated a request for a fence to be built along State Route 159 to protect burros and other wildlife and drivers in the area. With the fence nearing compeition and protection in place, the population of the Wild Burros has grown from 29 to about 185. Excess burros will be gathered and placed in the adoption program in fiscal year 2007.
A few burros have discovered how to get through the fence and have gotten on the roadway.
As you can see, these two seem to be cautious about crossing the road.
We waited and gave them plenty of space and time.
Roadrunners and Wild Burros...it doesn't get any better for the adventure in me.