Our Oatman Town Burros
Our "Wild Burros" are just as stated here...Wild. They come and go as they please. There is usually about a dozen of them that show up in town and wonder the streets.
In the United States the donkey has been used as a beast of burden and for the breeding of mules, which are hybrids produced by mating mares and jackasses. Small donkeys, or burros, played a major role as pack animals in opening up the western United States.
Scientific classification: Asses belong to the family Burro 3 jpg Equidae. The African wild ass is classified as Equus asinus, the Asian wild ass as Equus hemionus, the kiang as Equus kiang, and the onager as Equus onager.
Early 19th century. From Spanish, a back-formation from borrico “donkey,” from late Latin burricus “small horse,” of uncertain origin: perhaps from Germanic.
While there is the few Burros that do come to town regularly the hills surrounding Oatman, Arizona there resides many wild burros and different herds of them.
These burros are direct descendants from the Gold Miners that brought them to the area as pack animals. Then the coming of World War Two when the gold mines surrounding Oatman and Gold Roads, Arizona was shut down the burros were set free to roam the hills.
So come and enjoy our "Wild Burros" roaming our streets and keep in mind BLM now discourages the feeding of these animals and fines will be given if caught feeding these animals. It is for the health and safety of the burros and for the safety of the tourists as well.