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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program LogoHickison HMA Nuisance Drought Wild Burro Gather

 Gather completed September 15, 2014


Gather Update

On September 15, landowners in Central Nevada under an agreement with the BLM captured nine burros by horseback into corrals constructed of panels provided by BLM on private property. They consisted of six jennies and three foals (one male, two females).

The burros were cared for by the BLM Fire Personnel at the BLM Wildland Fire Station in Eureka, Nevada under the direction of Mountain Lewis Field Office Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, Shawna Richardson. One of the foals was an unthrifty orphan and placed into foster care. The family later adopted the foal.

BLM staff and Eureka Veterinarian J.J. Goiceochea vaccinated, dewormed and freezemarked the burros, and drew blood for Coggins testing.

Two other burro foals were adopted by a Eureka resident and an aged jenny was delivered to a buyer in Elko, Nevada under the BLMs sale authority.

The remaining five jennies (ages 4-6) were transported to Ridgecrest, CA on September 30, where they await pick-up by trainers approved through the Platero Project, overseen by the Humane Society for the United States. Once trained, they will be available to approved applicants for adoption for $125 each.

Goal of Gather

Capture, remove and adopt up to 30 wild burros that are outside of the Hickison Herd Management Area and are causing property damage and creating a nuisance on private land.  The initial goal is to gather 10 to 15 animals and return in the future to gather more if necessary.

Details of the Gather

The capture method will be bait/water trapping and will take place on private land where wild burros have been encroaching on alfalfa fields.  The gather is being accomplished through a memorandum of understanding with the private land owners.

Adoption

Due to the lack of holding space for wild horses and burros, the Mount Lewis Field Office will facilitate adoption of the burros through placement into the Humane Society for the United States Platero Project burro training program. Burros may also be adopted by qualified local individuals who expressed interest when the 2013 gather was originally proposed.

Latest News

For BLM news releases and statements about the gather, check our Newsroom.

Background

Lack of forage, water and overpopulation of wild burros throughout the Hickison HMA and Burro Territory have contributed to burros leaving the HMA to access irrigated grass and alfalfa fields, causing extensive damage to fences with repeated intrusions.  The burros are at risk of serious injury when they go through the fences.

The appropriate management level (AML) for the Hickison HMA is 16 to 45 animals for 5 months of the year on the portion administered by the BLM.  The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is planning to finalize the AML for the Hickison Burro Territory portion of the area within the next year.  The burros spend about 40 percent of their time in the HMA and 60 percent of their time on Forest Service lands.

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov.


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