BLM Logo
Yuma Field Office
Release Date: 06/04/12
Contacts: Lori Cook, 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560    
  Deborah Stevens, 602-417-9215 or cell 602-828-1436    

BLM Gather of Wild Burros to Begin June 6

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Yuma Field Office plans to begin gathering 350 burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area north of Yuma, Arizona, on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The gather was announced earlier to begin on June 4.

BLM expects the gather to last two weeks. The gather is part of ongoing management to maintain a healthy population of wild burros and horses on public lands in balance with their environment. 

All gathered animals will be examined and, if needed, treated by a veterinarian. All animals will be transported to the BLM Ridgecrest facility and made available for adoption to citizens willing and prepared to provide good care.  

Public viewing is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on June 6. Public observation will continue throughout the gather. All attendees must drive their own four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle. Also, observers should dress in accordance with weather conditions and bring plenty of food and water. 

This gather will cover an extensive area, so the gather operations will be mobile and fluid. The trapping and holding site locations will change as the gather progresses and the meeting locations for the public observation opportunities will also change. For details on the gather, public observation opportunities, and other important information, visit BLM’s website at

A gather scheduled to begin on April 9 was postponed because of an Appeal and Petition for Stay to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). The IBLA denied the Petition for Stay on April 30.

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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-06-2015