The ever-expanding waistlines of some burros in Oatman, Ariz., have prompted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ask tourists to kindly refrain from feeding carrots and other goodies to the portly beasts, MSNBC reported.

The burros are a major draw for the half-million tourists that visit the tiny town annually. But the BLM is hoping a reduction in the all-you-can-eat buffet will encourage the critters to return to their natural habitat and a healthier lifestyle in the desert.

"It's a matter of educating the public, but it's not going to happen overnight," said Jerry Love of the Oatman Chamber of Commerce.

The BLM's efforts include asking storeowners to stop providing treats, telling tourists not to feed the animals, and putting up signs with slogans like "Give Burros Care, not Carrots."

Storeowner Jolene Brown said the burros aren't taking kindly to their new weight-loss regimen--some kicked in the door of her shop and chewed on books.

"I'm sure they can learn to forage, but people come from the entire world to feed the burros," Brown told the AP.


Actual headline: "Pantless man accused of harassing neighbor's horse."

The AP reports a Washington man (why is it always Washington?) was jailed last week when his neighbor allegedly saw him sans pants harassing her horse.

Deputies had also been called to the farm the previous evening when she reported an intruder had scared the animal badly enough to cause it to run through its electric and barbed wire fences.

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