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Jessi the mule retires after 21 years of federal service

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 17:06:27-04

SALT LAKE CITY — After over 21 years of federal service, 30+-year-old Jessi the mule is retiring.

Jessi began working in the Ashley National Forest with Ken Reed, a Ashley National Forest packer, in 2001.

Through her career with the Forest Service, Jessi has supported the wilderness program, fisheries program, hydrology, engineers, wildlife program.

"...she has packed approximately 18,000 pounds, she’s been shod over 70 times and that translates to wearing out over 300 mule shoes in the High Uintas and several trips to the San Juans. She has always been my “go to” mule for packing clinics, transporting crosscut saws, explosives and sensitive equipment,” said Reed.

In a Facebook post, the Ashley National Forest wished Jessi the best in her retirement and thanked her for her hard work.

Jessi was adopted by a family in Montana where she will live out the rest of her days.