The secret lives of well-digging burros

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The first image Erick Lundgren recorded of a digging burro.
The first image Erick Lundgren recorded of a digging burro.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA researcher in the Arizona desert is unearthing hitherto unknown secrets about the remarkable well-digging exploits of wild burros.

Erick Lundgren, a PhD student in the biology program at Arizona State University, has used motion detecting game cameras in his research to learn more about the ability of burros to dig for water, and has also chronicled many other species taking advantage of the burros’ wells.

Erick Lundgren
Erick Lundgren

Lundgren, who has worked as a field technician in projects involving birds, mammals, and rivers over the last nine years, has focused his efforts on Arizona’s desert, where burros can dig wells more than a meter deep.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  “Many species use these wells for drinking water,” Lundgren told Horsetalk.

“This behavior has never been described in the literature, likely due to prevailing negative attitudes towards introduced species.”

He explains how he first…

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