BLM to conduct wild burro gather near Seven Springs Ranch
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin a gather of up to 40 wild burros near the Seven Springs Ranch during the week of August 5. These burros have wandered off public land in the Tassi-Gold Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) and are damaging private property and springs on the nearby Seven Springs Ranch. Wild burros removed from the range will be made available for adoption or sale to good homes through the BLM’s Adoption and Sale Program.
The Tassi-Gold Butte HMA is located in northwest Arizona, 60 miles southwest of St. George, Utah and approximately 35 miles southeast of Mesquite, Nevada. The current Appropriate Management Level of burros for the HMA is zero.
The BLM’s priority is to be a good neighbor and conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild burro gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals. The BLM will use the best available science and handling practices for wild burros while meeting the overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.
The gather is expected to run through the end of September. A contractor working with Arizona Strip District BLM staff will set temporary corrals to bait trap wild burros. No aircraft will be used for these operations. No burros will be treated with any type of fertility control at the trap site. The burros will be checked by a veterinarian at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral in Florence, Arizona, where they will be gelded and readied for the BLM’s Adoption and Sale Program. Although unlikely, any livestock that are inadvertently trapped would be released upon discovery.
Once the gather is underway, the BLM will post gather reports on its website at https://www.blm.gov/whb/gathers/arizona/2019-silver-springs
For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
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