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May 2, 2014

Hee-Haw! Donkeys on the city auction block

DUNCAN — Some wild donkeys have been added to the long list of broken down vehicles, outdated computers and other stuff  the City of Duncan will auction  on Saturday.

The donkeys were rounded up around city-owned Lake Humphreys, where they’ve been living in the wild long enough to produce three generations, said Jim Bethany, a Duncan rancher whose cowboying abilities were summoned by city officials to corral the animals.

“It took us about three days,” said Bethany. “They kind of knew all the trails and shortcuts to get away.”

He credited Scott Williams for leading the roundup, which required four horsemen.

The cowboys first tried trapping the donkeys with feed, but that didn’t work because they were aren’t accustomed to eating feed, he said. They finally managed to trap the donkeys by herding them toward fences that prevented an escape, Bethany said.

Besides being a nuisance to nearby homeowners, Bethany said the donkeys posed a hazard to motorists.

Though they’ve been living in the wild, Bethany described the donkeys as “nice.”

“If somebody wants a little donkey, they’re cute,” he said.

Ranchers often keep donkeys because they scare coyotes from their cattle, Bethany noted.

The city has no idea what kind of money the animals might fetch at auction, said City Manager Jim Frieda.

“I’d be thrilled to get 25 bucks apiece for them,” he said.

City Attorney David Hammond said auctioneer Gary Criswell believes he can sell the animals.

“I told Gary whatever we can get for them to sell them,” Hammond said.

An auction preshow at 7th and MLK, scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. today, will feature a few of donkeys for prospective buyers. The auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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