Imagine having to dodge dead donkeys as you go about your business that would suck. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of some people living in Pahrump.
Pahrump residents are having to deal with issues related to all the donkeys living in their town. According to Steven Lee, who is a Pahrump resident, there seem to be way more donkeys roaming around compared to years past.
"This year, in particular, I counted over 50," said Lee. "Might have been between 50 and 55 just in one herd."
As a result, more of them are getting hit and killed on the roadway! Lee found three donkey carcasses a few hundred feet off the roadway, on private property in the desert. He also revealed that in the past, when donkeys were hit, they were disposed of properly.
However, that seems to have changed as the proper procedure for removing dead animals has not been used for these donkeys. Lee says it ended up stinking up the whole area.
"About a week after they were hit, you can really start to smell them," he said. "It was for a little bit too and I probably live about a half mile away from here and it was almost like standing next to them."
Lee and his neighbors want something done.
"I wouldn't appreciate it if someone dumped a dead animal onto my property and that's what I'm more outraged about," said Lee. "I would like to see it handled as far as something set up for somebody to come and pick up these animals when something like this does happen."
Several people have tried to make calls to multiple agencies and they end up learning that NDOT is responsible for removing the carcasses. In response, NDOT spokesperson revealed that they will check on the situation immediately.
NDOT also has plans underway to add more wildlife crossings in rural areas near highways to eliminate so many animals dying from involvement with car accidents.