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Dems. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
These two formerly wild burros are livestock guardian animals recently brought to Sublette County from a ranch in Montana. Their previous owner named the pair Bill and Hillary.
Democrats imported to county
Bill and Hillary arrive
by Cat Urbigkit
April 17, 2007

Local ranchers Cat & Jim Urbigkit recently brought two formerly wild burros from Montana to their ranch to serve as livestock guardian animals.

The burros originated from range in Nevada. They are well suited to the job of protecting a sheep herd. Burros seem to have a natural dislike of canids, so when a coyote enters the pasture, the burros go on the attack.

Photos by Cat and Jim Urbigkit.

Republican. Photo by Jim Urbigkit.
Ironically, Sublette County Republican Party Chair Cat Urbigkit is the proud new owner of what she fondly calls "the Democrats."

Penned. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The burros spend the night penned with their new sheep herd so that all can become acquainted.

Guarding. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The burros take right to the job in their new home. Captured off the range in Nevada, this pair of 10-year olds know what they need to do.

Sheep Trail. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Sheep Trail
The burros take right to the trail with the sheep.

Closeup. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Smaller than horses, but bigger than sheep, burros seem a perfect fit for the job of guarding.

Rolling. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
After the eight-hour trailer ride from north of Billings, the burros have a good roll before venturing out to their new pasture.

River bottom. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
River bottom
The burros and sheep head into the New Fork River bottom.

Range Home. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Range Home
The arid desert in the southern reaches of the county doesn't look so different from the range where the burros originated.
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