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Hennebach Program presents “Feral Burros in the American West : The Environmental Legacy of the 19th-Century Mining Booms” by Abraham H. Gibson

March 22, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Though far less celebrated than their more glamorous cousins the mustangs, burros (Equus asinus) have played an important role in the settlement of the American West. They enabled humans to access mineral deposits in the region’s most remote places. When improved technology and transportation rendered the burros’ services increasingly superfluous, they were cast off like outdated technology. The animals thrived in the wild, and their population soared. As a result, they were routinely hunted for sport until 1971, when Congress passed the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. After more than forty years of federal protection, however, the fate of the nation’s burros is more uncertain than ever.

Abraham Gibson is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Biology & Society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He also teaches in the School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies. His first book, Feral Animals in the American South: An Evolutionary History, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.




March 22, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Marquez Hall
1600 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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