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California Desert District
Release Date: 06/14/12
Contacts: Erin Curtis , (916) 978-46252 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-57

Wild Burro Roundup to Begin Tomorrow near Blythe

The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office will begin operations tomorrow to gather up to 30 wild burros from private agricultural lands near Palo Verde. The two-day gather will remove burros that have wandered out of the Chocolate-Mule Mountains Herd Area onto nearby farm fields.

Members of the public are invited to observe gather operations each day. A hotline has been established to provide details about where to meet and when for those interested in observing.

The hotline number is 951-697-5222.

Gather locations may be located on private lands with the permission of the land owner. The gather will use a helicopter to drive burros to a trap. For the protection of burros being gathered, workers will cease helicopter operations before temperature reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperature will be monitored on an hourly basis.

Current plans for those interested in viewing the gather are to meet at Wheelie’s 76 Gas Station and General Store in Palo Verde at 5:30 a.m.  The address is 73 Main St., Highway 78, Palo Verde, CA 92266.  Directions are available from this BLM website: and clicking on “What to Know Before You Go.” Be sure to check the BLM telephone hotline prior to heading to the meeting place to ensure the gather is happening. Trapping and holding site locations may change as the gather progresses and the meeting locations for the public observation opportunities may also change.

Public observation will continue throughout the gather. All attendees must drive their own four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle. Observers should dress for the weather conditions and bring plenty of food and water.

The burros have been crossing Highway 78, endangering themselves and creating a traffic hazard for the public, and wandering onto private land. According to federal law, the BLM, “upon written request from the private landowner… shall remove stray wild horses and burros from private lands as soon as practicable.”

Continued actions to address nuisance burros that may continue to move from public lands onto private lands may be conducted throughout the remainder of calendar year 2012. These actions may include the use of helicopter-assisted removal techniques or through water/bait trapping on the private lands.

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.


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Last updated: 06-14-2012