☷BLM to gather wild burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area
Bureau of Land Management ( By Press Release office)
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KINGMAN , Ariz . - The Bureau of Land Management ( BLM ) will begin a wild burro gather on May 2 , 2022 , in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area located west of Kingman , in Mohave County . The gather will remove approximately 1 , 080 excess wild burros in order to address herd health and impacts to rangeland health , wildlife habitat and roadway safety concerns associated with herd overpopulation . The Black Mountain herd is estimated to consist of nearly 3 , 000 wild burros - - more than 600% of the appropriate herd management level of 478 , which ......is a threat to the long term health of the land and the burros themselves . The gather is expected to take two to three weeks and will be conducted using the helicopter - assisted method . Gathered burros will be humanely transported to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro facility in Florence , where they will be prepared for private placement . “Animals removed from the Black Mountain Herd Management Area will be available for adoption or sale through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Private Placement and Care Program , ” said Amanda Dodson , Kingman field manager . Any burros gathered during operations that were part of the Humane Society Porcine Zona Pellucida ( PZP ) project will be treated with PZP and released back to the area near their capture site . This will include jennies that received PZP during the trial , who will receive a booster dose; as well as those that were part of the control group , who will receive an initial dose . Wild burros essentially have no natural predators , resulting in a rapid increase in population . If not appropriately managed , herds can double in size every five years . This gather is being conducted to address herd health and overpopulation concerns with a future goal of maintaining a thriving , natural ecological balance on public lands in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area . The gather will also address human health and safety concerns within the local area related to vehicle collisions with burros on the roadways and damaging private property . For these reasons , local communities in Mohave County have requested that the BLM address the wild burro overpopulation in the Black Mountains . The gather impacts are described and analyzed in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area Wild Burro Gather Environmental Assessment ( EA ) . The EA and Decision Record are posted on the BLM website . To learn more about the program , including how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro , visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website . Limited public viewing will be available . Please contact Rodney Crum , Public Affairs Specialist , BLM - Colorado River District , 928 - 505 - 1225 , to schedule a viewing opportunity . The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states , including Alaska , on behalf of the American people . The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub - surface mineral estate throughout the nation . Our mission is to sustain the health , diversity , and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations .
30 April 2022 ( April 30 2022 )
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