2019 Wild Burro Herd Management Area Nuisance Gathering

Wild Burro Gathering

The BLM is conducts a gather of wild burros to mitigate damage that has been occurring to private property

Purpose of Gather:

The purpose of these gatherings is to remove burros that are damaging private property.  The BLM has received a complaint from the private landowner pertaining to numerous wild burros that are damaging private lands.

Horses & BurrosDetails of Gather: SEVEN SPRINGS

The BLM plans to remove up to 40 wild burros from private lands within the Tassi-Gold Butte HMA between August 5 and September 30, 2019 by drawing the burros into a fenced area. A contractor working with Arizona Strip District BLM staff will set temporary corrals to bait trap wild burros. No aircraft will be used for these operations. No burros will be treated with any type of fertility control at the trap site. The burros will be checked by a veterinarian at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral in Florence, Arizona, where the male burros will be gelded and readied for the BLM’s Adoption and Sale Program. Although unlikely, any livestock that are inadvertently trapped would be released upon discovery.

Details of Gather: BLACK MOUNTAIN

The BLM plans to remove 350 nuisance burros from private and NPS lands within the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) between the months of June and August 2019 by drawing the burros into a fenced area. A contractor and BLM staff will set temporary corrals on private and NPS lands, and will remove them once the operation is complete. For the purpose of this gather no burros will be treated with fertility control. All gather operations will be overseen by the BLM Kingman Field Office.

Details of Gather: BIG SANDY

The BLM plans to remove 50 nuisance burros from private land within the Big Sandy Herd Management Area (HMA) between the months of June 2019 and August 2019 by drawing the burros into a fenced area. A contractor and BLM staff will set temporary corrals on private and NPS lands, and will remove them once the operation is complete. For the purpose of this gather no burros will be treated with fertility control. All gather operations will be overseen by the BLM Kingman Field Office.

Public Observation:

The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild burro gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals. The BLM will use the best available science and handling practices for wild burros while meeting the overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy. Because animals are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during gather operations.

How to Adopt:

Visit the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program to learn how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro.  Click to Adopt

Background: SEVEN SPRINGS
The Tassi-Gold Butte HMA is located in northwest Arizona, 60 miles southwest of St. George, Utah and approximately 35 miles southeast of Mesquite, Nevada. The current Appropriate Management Level (AML) of burros for the HMA is zero.  Click for More

Background: BLACK MOUNTAIN
The Black Mountain HMA is in northwestern Arizona, 15 miles west of Kingman. The area parallels the eastern shoreline of the Colorado River for 80 miles, from the Hoover Dam south along I-40. The current Appropriate Management Level for the Black Mountain HMA is 478 burros.  Click for More

Background: BIG SANDY
The Big Sandy HMA is in west central Arizona, 55 miles southeast of Kingman on either side of highway 93. The HMA includes the areas of the Big Sandy River Valley south of Wikieup to Alamo Lake, Burro Creek to the confluence of Boulder Creek and west through the southern foothills of the Hualapai Mountains. Wild burros share the habitat wild desert bighorn sheep, desert mule deer and a variety of desert mammals. The AML for the HMA is 111-139 burros.  Click for More

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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