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Release Date: 11/05/10
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton , 702-515-5046 ,

BLM Warns Motorists Driving Through Red Rock to be Careful of Burros on The 159

LAS VEGAS –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office asks motorist to be careful of wild burros, along state route 159, as Sunday’s standard time brings earlier evenings. In October, at least five wild burros were hit and killed, or had to be euthanized, in vehicle accidents between Bonnie Springs and Blue Diamond.

The burros are increasingly wandering onto the road creating a safety hazard for people traveling the highways. “This is an area where people tend to feed the burros,” said Krystal Johnson, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. “Now they’re accustomed to being fed, and they hang alongside the road waiting for food. They hear the cars coming and think it’s feeding time.”

Feeding and interacting with the burros makes them lose aspects of their wild character and associate vehicles with food. It is illegal to feed, pet, or otherwise harass a wild horse or burro. Individuals will be cited for those activities, and the citations carry a minimum fine of $500. For more information about the Southern Nevada District Wild Horse and Burro program, please contact Krystal Johnson at 702-515-5171 or by email at

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 11-05-2010