Donkey jack suspected in fatal attack on mayor

William Bohkle
William Bohlke

A donkey jack is believed to have been responsible for the death of a mayor from a small Texas town.

There were no witnesses to the attack on experienced cattle rancher William Bohlke, who was mayor of Hollywood Park, but his injuries were consistent with an attack by the donkey jack in the pasture.

Authorities believe Bohlke, 65, was trampled to death.

Deputies from the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office  joined relatives in a search on Monday night, and they found his body in the pasture.

It is understood Bohlke had gone into the pasture to check his heifers.

Hollywood Park is a town of about 3000 north of San Antonio.

Flags in the town were flown at half-mast in honor of the mayor. Bohlke was elected in May in his first run for public office.

He retired from the Air Force in 1990 after a 20-year career.

A statement written by the Bohlke family and posted on the Hollywood Park website said: “It is with great regret that we, the family of Bill Bohlke, wish to inform you of his passing last night, August 27th, 2012.

“Bill suffered a fatal injury while taking care of his prized cow herd near Pleasanton last evening. Bill, your mayor, dearly loved serving you, our community, and we only wish he was here to continue doing so. We are still making the necessary funeral arrangements and will advise City Hall when we have been able to do so.”

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  • August 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    As regular followers of Horse Talk know, in April the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation published the first study of meat-eating and murderous horses!
    Horse Talk then released an in-depth article about the ground-breaking study.
    The book documents how horses are capable of being omnivores. It also provides evidence of how meat-eating horses were used by British explorers, Scott and Shackleton, to try and reach the South Pole.
    Additionally, the book provides ample evidence of how equines have killed humans throughout history. This includes images and evidence proving that equines are still killing humans today.
    The most recent case occurred in Britain. A lady was torn to pieces. Police had to sedate the animal three times before the heavily damaged body could be recovered.
    There are many cases in America. A man in Tennessee was recently killed when his horse tore the victim’s arm off and savaged the body.
    After an Alaskan horse killed a woman, the police described the scene as being “worse than a grizzly bear attack.”
    All of this information is available in the book, “Deadly Equines, The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating and Murdeous Horses.”
    Sadly, because of the popular misconception that horses are “prey” animals, and peaceful herbivores, this startling part of equine history and behavior has been censored by the popular equine press.
    The Texas mayor won’t be the last victim.


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