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State Herd Area: Chemehuevi HMA, California

In 1971, wild horses and burros were found roaming across 53.8 million acres of Herd Areas (HAs), of which 42.4 million acres were under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction. Today the BLM manages wild horses and burros in subsets of these HAs, known as Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that comprise 31.6 million acres, of which 26.9 million acres are under BLM management.

LOCATION:   The Chemehuevi HMA is located in eastern San Bernardino County, CA and encompasses an area from 7 miles south of Needles, CA to the Parker Dam and includes land east of U.S. 95 eastward to the Colorado River.  

ACREAGE:     79,000 acres are managed for wild burros  

HERD SIZE:    108 head. Appropriate Management Level is between 86 and 130 head.

BURRO COLORS:     Gray, blue, black and pink  

SIZE OF BURROS:     11 to 12 hands and 500-600 pounds  


HISTORY:       The burros in this area are believed to have originated from mining operations in the 1800’s. With introduction of the railroad in this area the miners abandoned their animals into the foothills.


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