South Texas Mayor Killed By Aggressive 500-Pound Donkey

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The Texas town of Hollywood Park is currently without a mayor after the one they had, William Bohlke, died in a freak donkey accident on his ranch Monday.

Atascosa County officials found Bohlke’s body around 10 p.m., at least 10 hours after the donkey attacked him, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Following an investigation of the scene, details remain somewhat scarce. The mayor of the town 15 miles north of San Antonio was working on his ranch at the time of the attack.

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“We’ll probably never know what triggered it, but it was evident that this particular donkey was involved, based on the evidence at the scene and what we saw on this donkey,” Atascosa County Chief Deputy David Soward told the Express-News. He added that male donkeys can get mean and aggressive, sometimes influenced by a female in heat. The 500-pound donkey likely kicked and trampled Bohlke to death between 11 a.m. and noon near his truck. The donkey is reportedly still roaming the grounds of the farm, with its fate to be decided by the family, Soward said.

The mayor had taken office only recently, in May, but the Hollywood Park City Council will meet Sept. 8 to discuss appointing a replacement. In a statement published on the city’s website, Bohlke’s family said:

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.

A retired Air Force pilot and Vietnam War veteran, Bohlke is survived by his wife and three children.

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10 comments
eetom
eetom

The Democratic Party may have a part in this cruel act.  Isn't the donkey a symbol of the party?

traderjim7
traderjim7

Usually politicians just make asses of themselves, not get killed by one.

Jess
Jess

I guess the Donkey didnt like Bohlke's unwanted sexual advances

Hagar2
Hagar2

Really? A guy dies and you show everyone that you are the jackass! Shame on CNN for accepting your comment.

Jess
Jess

C'mon- the guy was 65 and got trampled by a donkey. Thats pretty fricking hilarious

Dennis Hastings
Dennis Hastings

Are you the guy who killed the chickens? Now that would make sense.

Dennis Hastings
Dennis Hastings

Your comment is a sad testament to the dwindling IQ level in this country. He's 65... so, somehow, he deserves to die being trampled to death.? And then you make a joke about sex with a donkey. A real class act, dude. And all this people 'liking' your comment belong in the same box... with that donkey.

smooth edward
smooth edward

No it isn’t funny. This a real person who was killed. I’m sure his family thinks it’s just harlarious.

Jess
Jess

Jack A$$