2019 Seven Springs Ranch Wild Burro Gather
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is conducting a gather of wild burros, between August and September 2019, to mitigate damage that has been occurring to nearby private property and springs.
Purpose of Gather:
The purpose of this gather is to remove burros that are damaging private property and springs within the Tassi-Gold Butte Herd Management Area (HMA). The BLM has received a complaint from the private landowner pertaining to numerous wild burros that are damaging private lands.
Details of Gather:
The BLM plans to remove up to 40 wild burros from private lands within the Tassi-Gold Butte HMA between August 5 and September 30, 2019 by drawing the burros into a fenced area. 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 the male burros 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.
The BLM’s priority is to 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. Because animals are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during gather operations.
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.
Animals gathered from the Seven Springs Ranch will be available for adoption at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral in Florence, AZ through the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
How to Adopt:
Visit the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program to learn how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro.
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 (AML) of burros for the HMA is zero.