H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Apr 8, 2013 2:29 PM by Associated Press

Disappearance of baby burros in SoCal a mystery

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Newborn burros are disappearing from herds that roam Southern California hills near Moreno Valley, possibly due to predators searching for food.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports as many as five baby burros have vanished from one area in the past few months. Riverside County animal control spokesman John Welsh says a mountain lion or a pack of coyotes is likely responsible for the disappearances.

Some residents say they haven't seen any animal tracks or blood that would indicate predation and believe something more nefarious is afoot. One resident says she's seen suspicious vehicles in the area and believes people might be taking the burros.

Population estimates of the burros in the area range from 150 to 300.

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