Burros on the range


Purpose of Gather

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

Details of Gather

The BLM plans to remove 160 nuisance burros from private land within the Havasu Herd Management Area (HMA) via bait 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 BLM's Lake Havasu 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 Havasu 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.


The Havasu HMA is in western Arizona, south and east of Lake Havasu City. The area parallels the Bill Williams River for approximately 20 miles. The current wild burro population is estimated at approximately 172 wild burros, based on a March 2018 population estimate. However, the Havasu HMA is adjacent to the Alamo HMA with no barriers separating the two HMAs so burros can travel back and forth between the two HMAs freely. This ability to cross-over between HMAs allows for both HMA populations to fluctuate. The Alamo HMA's current estimated population is 948 wild burros based on a 2012 population estimate.


Contractor: Uhalde

Gather method: Bait trap 

Planned gathered (#): 160 burros 

Planned removed (#): 160 burros 

Planned mares or jennies treated (#): 0 

Current as of: August 27, 2021


Animals Gathered

August 14
29 burros (males)

August 15
18 burros (13 females and 5 foals)

August 16
15 burros (3 males, 7 females, and 5 foals)

August 17
0 burros

August 18
22 burros (13 males, 5 females, and 4 foals)

August 19
23 burros (14 males, 5 females, and 4 foals)

August 20
12 burros (9 males and 3 females)

August 21
14 burros (males)

August 22-23
0 burros

August 24
18 burros (females)

August 25
33 burros (10 males, 17 females, and 6 foals)

August 26-27
0 burros

Total Gathered: 184

Animals Removed Cumulative Total (#): 

Total Deaths Cumulative (#): 0

Acute (#): 0

Chronic/Pre-existing (#): 

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

Facility DestinationFlorence facility

  • August 23: Shipped 54 burros to Florence.
  • August 24: Shipped 70 burros to Florence.
  • August 27: Shipped 60 burros to Florence.

Total Released Cumulative (#): 0