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Anybody know what the story is about the Eleven mile Burros/Donkeys?
Post By: BassTrout Posted: 2/21/2010 4:09:14 PM Points: 4804
I know most of you have seen them and was just curious to see if anybody knew the reason why there is a herd of donkeys on the Nothwest part of Eleven Mile. I have also seen the herd of cattle on the same spot. They all seem to be free-roaming and sometimes get in the way of traffic!
The rumor I have heard is that they are from the cripple creek wild burro herd. I don't know if that is fact, but I do know that they are wild and not friendly or tame. The cattle I don't know, I haven't seen them that I remember.
I ran into them on saturday. There were cows mixed in with the burros. I thought one of the bulls was going to charge my truck. Started to run right at me. The burros just stand in the middle of road and stare at you.
I have been told, don't know that I believe it, that it is what is sometimes called "Open Range" or "Free Range", meaining No fences allowed, and if you hit one of the animals you can be ticketed. It is not the only place in Colo that has it. I have run across this many times in the back country Jeeping.
This one I CAN Answer For Sure - I'm actually a Deputy With Teller County (the area where Cripple Creek resides in) They Are Wild Yes, But During the Winter, One of the local residents (can't remember who) takes them in and Feeds Them...
During the summer, They just roam all through Cripple Creek, Into Gillette Flats and South into Victor/Goldfield...And LET ME BE THE FIRST to Say...If you're driving through the County, or even in Cripple Creek...The Donkey's ALWAYS have the Right-of-Way LOL!
Some Will walk up to you, Others will run...Still pretty Cool either way ) Nate
I read an article last year that says exactly whay diesel is saying. Off spring of the miners donkeys from a long time ago. The article was actually written because someone had shot one of them in the hind quarter with a .22 and people were pissed,which I understand.They offer entertainment while picking a parking spot before fishing. The 28th is the last day we can park in the field so we may not be able to get that close to them until the fall when they open the fied back up. I like them none the less.
Wow Diesel1984, that is some good info there, thanks! I have noticed that they are pretty tame and they let you get close to them. Next time I will take some pictures and dedicate a whole post just for them! JK
Just to clarify something....if I accidentally hit one of them I get a ticket? So then does that hold true for deer? Elk? A squirrel? It seems a little ludicrous. I understand they don't want people hitting them, but if a deer runs in front of me I don't get ticketed, and I doubt anyone is driving arou d aiming a car or trck at them.
Reply by: Two Ponies Posted: 2/21/2010 7:26:00 PM Points: 1472
Colorado is a "Fence Out" state. Meaning that private landowners must fence out unwanted livestock. Goverment property must fence out their land as well.
Most unfenced National Forest, State, and BLM land is "Open Range" grazing. Grazing of domestic livestock is allolwed with permits. . . The exception is for wild horses and burros. Wild burro and horse herds are managed by the BLM. CDOT is right. All livestock has right of way on roadways. In some areas the fine is higher if you hit livestock than if you hit a pedestrian(so I've been told).
As tempting as it is to feed or pet them I would ask that you don't from my experience growing up and help manage the Sand Wash herd.
Im NOT 100% sure if you'd get a ticket...But it is possible... If ya'll roll through Cripple Creek (one of these days) Stop off @ the Jackass Cafe (top of the hill off Bennett Ave on the right side) They've got some pretty killer food, and some awesome T-Shirts...all about the Donkey's Nate
Yes you could get a ticket I shouldn't have been so definitive in my answer that was my fault...... but in my 10 years of law enforcement and numerous crashes I have covered I have never written anyone or worked with anyone who has written someone a careless driving ticket for hitting wild or domestic animals. Obviously it happens, I believe Two Ponies saw a ticket written for careless driving, but it is not the norm. I guess I should have said that instead of it just wouldn't happen. Now it can easily turn into a civil issue with the owner wanting compensation for his lost livestock.
I think the donkeys enjoy watching folks out on the Eleven Mile ice slipping n sliding n falling down in nasty windy n freezing weather conditions all the while saying to themselves ....... " and they call us dumb jackasses ! "
Ok. Thanks for the clarification. I guess technically if I hit "anything" there is the possibility of a ticket. If tickets aren't the norm then I guess I'm ok with it....BUT I still think it's ridiculous! And restitution to the owner? For accidentally hitting an animal on public land. That would be quite the interesting civil case if I was involved. Haha.
thank you deisel for all the great info--but if anybody hits any freerangeing animal isnt the DOW contacted--and then dont you face a new "investigation" other than "civil" not to mention the "rancher" i have heard that the "DOW" comes down harder than anyone else.
My friend was camping at 11-mile he and his buddy were drinking rather heavy whiskey I think and his friend decided to jump on one of the donkeys and ride it was the biggest mstake he has ever made the donkey turned and bit him and took a chunk out of his leg, he wont do that again. He had to have surgery on his thigh. A good reason not to drink. BTK
Yes I did, sorry I just checked my emails and it is an account I don't really use much and use it just for the forum. I do have your number now and will call you tomorrow morning for some possible good news. If you have a chance tomorrow too, please give niteskies a call.