2020 Big Sandy Nuisance Wild Burro Gather

Burros on the range

2020 Outside Big Sandy HMA Private Lands Nuisance Burro Removal

[Gather Complete]

Purpose of Gather

The purpose of this gather is to remove nuisance burros that are damaging private property. The Bureau of Land Management has received complaints from a private landowners pertaining to numerous wild burros that are creating nuisance situations on private land.

Details of Gather

The BLM plans to remove 350 nuisance burros from private land outside of the Big Sandy Herd Management Area (HMA) between the months of July 2020 and September 2020 via bait and/or water trapping. A contractor and BLM staff will set temporary traps on private lands, and will remove the panels, hay and manure once the trapping is complete. For the purpose of this gather no burros will be treated with fertility control. All trapping operations will be overseen by the Kingman Field Office.

Public Observation

There will be no public viewing opportunities for this gather due to the nature of the gather.

Adoption Information

How to Adopt 

Animals removed from outside the Big Sandy HMA will be made available for adoption at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral in Florence, Arizona, through the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in off-range pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act.

Background

The Big Sandy HMA is in western Arizona, east of Wikieup. The area parallels the Big Sandy river and Burro Creek. The current wild burro population is estimated at approximately 2,000 wild burros based on a 2012 population estimate. The Big Sandy HMA is adjacent to the Alamo HMA with no barriers separating the HMA’s and burros can travel back and forth between the two HMAs freely. This ability to cross over between HMAs allows for the HMA population to fluctuate. 

Gather Reports

CUMULATIVE TOTALS

Gather Completed

Contractor: Uhalde Livestock LLC

Gather Method: Bait trap 

Planned Gathered (#): 350 burros

Planned Removed (#): 350 burros

Planned Mares Treated (#): 0


Current as of: August 20, 2020

Animals Gathered

July 24:
14 burros (5 males, 5 females, 4 colts)

July 25: 
2 burros (2 males)

July 26:
17 burros (7 males, 9 females, 1 colt)

July 27:
9 burros (5 males, 3 females, 1 female foal)

July 28:
6 burros (2 males, 4 females)

July 29:
1 burros (1 males)

July 30:
23 burros (19 males, 3 females, 1 male foal)

July 31:
31 burros (13 males, 16 females, 2 foals)

August 1:
6 burros (3 males, 3 females)

August 2:
0 burros

August 3:
0 burros

August 4:
4 burros (4 males)

August 5:
15 burros (13 males, 1 female, 1 female foal)

August 6:
5 burros (4 females, 1 orphaned male foal)

August 7:
18 burros (12 males, 5 females, 1 male foal)

August 8:
22 burros (12 males, 6 females, 4 foals) 

August 9:
0 burros

August 10:
13 burros (1 male, 9 females, 3 foals)

August 11:
12 burros (3 males, 7 females, 2 foals)

August 12:
15 burros (12 males, 2 females, 1 foal)

August 13:
15 burros (9 males, 3 females, 3 foals)

August 14:
29 burros (13 males, 13 females, 3 foals)

August 15:
0 burros

August 16:
14 burros (8 males, 3 females, 3 foals)

August 17:
21 burros (10 males, 6 females, 5 foals)

August 18:
11 burros (4 males, 6 females, 1 foal)

August 19:
23 burros (10 males, 9 females, 4 foals)

August 20:
13 burros (3 males, 6 females, 4 foals)

August 21:
7 burros (2 males, 5 females)

August 22:
0 burros

August 23:
29 burros (6 males, 17 females, 6 foals)

Total Animals Gathered: 375

Total Animals Released: 

Total Deaths Cumulative (#): 3

  Acute (#): 

  Chronic/Pre-existing (#): 3

  • One Jack was euthanized due to age and poor condition.
  • Orphaned burro. 2-3 weeks old. Male. Poor health, weak state. Was going to be adopted out locally, however, did not make it (not euthanized. natural death)

List animal’s age, color, gender and cause(s) of death:  

Facility Destination: 

  • 48 burros transported (47 burros transported to Florence, Arizona. One burro transported to Kingman for direct adoption.)
  • 58 burros transported to Florence, Arizona (35 males, 21 females, 2 foals)
  • 56 burros transported to Florence, Arizona (41 males, 15 females and colts)
  • 60 burros transported to Florence, Arizona
  • 61 total transported to Florence, Arizona (28 males, 23 females, 10 foals)
  • 89 total transported to Florence, Arizona (33 males, 42 females, 14 foals)

Total Released Cumulative (#):