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Release Date: 03/12/12
Contacts: Lori Cook, Public Affairs Specialist 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560    

BLM to Begin Gather of Wild Burros From Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area in Arizona

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 near Yuma, Arizona, and Blythe, California, starting Monday, April 9, 2012. The BLM expects the gather to last approximately two weeks.

“Our goal is to manage for healthy public lands and healthy wild burros,” said John MacDonald, BLM Yuma Field Manager. “We made the decision to conduct this gather after extensive public input and review of the best scientific information available to us.” 

The BLM will gather approximately 350 wild burros, leaving a total of approximately 350 wild burros in the area, which is still above the appropriate management level (AML) of 165 for this herd. AML is the point at which the herd’s population is consistent with the land’s capacity to support wild burros or horses in balance with other public rangeland uses and resources.

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.  

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. “By law, we manage a wide range of natural resources and uses,” MacDonald said. “Wild burros, and ensuring their future on healthy rangelands, are an important part of this.”

The BLM will regularly post information about the gather on its website at Public viewing will be available each day of the gather. Anyone interested in observing the gather should contact the BLM Public Affairs Specialist Lori Cook at 928-317-3243 by Wednesday, April 4, 2012. All observers must drive their own four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle. Also, individuals should dress in accordance with weather conditions and bring plenty of food and water. The drive time and meeting place will vary each day, depending on the gather site.

“During this gather, our first priority is safety – that of the animals, our employees, and members of the public,” MacDonald said.

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