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S. Texas Mayor Found Dead of Apparent Donkey Attack

Formal cause of death pending

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 11:29 AM CDT
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Mayor Killed in Donkey Attack

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A South Texas mayor has been found dead after apparently being attacked by a 500-pound donkey on his ranch.

The Atascosa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the death of Hollywood Park Mayor William "Bill" Bohlke appears to be an accident. Bohlke was 65.

Chief Deputy David Soward said Sohlke apparently was attacked Monday morning by a male, aggressive donkey he kept on the ranch.

His body was found Monday night during a search by deputies and relatives. A formal cause of death is pending.

Soward said it's up to the family to decide what to do with the donkey.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Phillips will serve as acting mayor of Hollywood Park, a town of about 3,000 just north of San Antonio.

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