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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Colorado River District
 
Release Date: 07/31/12
Contacts: Lori Cook, Public Affairs Specialist 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560    

Use Caution When Traveling on Highway 95


Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office continues to ask the public to use caution when traveling on Highway 95, especially between Mile Posts 45 and 65.

“Recently, there has been several traffic accidents associated with wild burros along Highway 95 and five burros were killed in one accident this morning,” said BLM Yuma Field Manager John MacDonald.  “We are very concerned about the safety of the traveling public and also the burros that roam in the area.  Please be extra careful when you drive through that stretch of the road after dark.” 

“The wild burros normally live along the Colorado River during the summer months because of the water source; however, because of the rains we have had, they are crossing Highway 95 to get to their food and water,” stated Wild Horse and Burro Specialist John Hall. 

The BLM Yuma Field Office completed a Wild Burro gather in June, gathering 350 wild burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) north of Yuma, Arizona.  “We estimate there are still approximately 350 burros left in the HMA,” said Hall.  “Our appropriate management level for wild burros in the HMA is 165.”

For more information, please call John Hall at 928-317-3202 or Lori Cook at 928-317-3243.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-31-2012