Outside Warm Springs HMA Wild Burro Gather
The Burns District Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Program staff will conduct a bait/water trap gather of burros which have strayed onto private lands within and immediately adjacent to the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) located within the Three Rivers Resource Area southeast of Burns, Oregon, beginning Sept. 2, 2014. Burros removed from the range will be hauled to Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Burns for preparation and placement into the adoption program.
On July 28, 2014, the Three Rivers Resource Area and Andrews/Steens Resource Area Field Managers issued a Decision to implement Categorical Exclusion (CX) #DOI-BLM-OR-B000-2014-0024-CX "Removal of Wild Horses and Burros from Non-federal Land." The burros involved in this gather have strayed onto private lands within or adjacent to the Warm Springs HMA. All gather Standard Operating Procedures listed in the CX will be followed during this operation.
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CUMULATIVE STATS SINCE 9/5/2014
|CUMULATIVE STATS SINCE 9/5/2014
Outside Warm Springs HMA
|Animals Gathered||Animal Deaths||Animals Returned to HMA|
0 (gather related),
0 (non-gather related)
PROPOSED ACTION - Outside Warm Springs HMA
The estimated number of burros who have strayed off the Warm Springs HMA is approximately 25 burros. The Proposed Action is to gather approximately 25 wild burros outside the HMAs. Approximately 45 wild burros would remain in the HMA at the completion of the gather. It is anticipated that three capture sites (traps) will be used to capture wild burros. Trap site configuration will vary, depending on terrain and materials.
Public/Media Gather Viewing Opportunities
Due to the extended timeframe of bait trap gathers, the need for minimal disturbance around the trap site, and the fact that trapping will occur on private lands, no public observation of this gather operation will be permitted. The public will be able to view all removed burros at Oregon's Wild Horse Corral Facility during normal business hours - weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.