burros
2022 Black Mountain HMA Wild Burro Gather
The Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River District, Kingman Field Office, plans to begin the wild burro gather in May 2022.
Details of Gather

The BLM plans to remove approximately 1,080 excess wild burros utilizing the national drive trap contract. Some burros gathered during operations may be part of the Humane Society Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) project. If captured, these burros will be treated with PZP and released back to the area near their capture site.

The BLM will conduct gather operations using the helicopter-assisted method. The gather is expected to take about 2-3 weeks. All gather operations will be overseen by the BLM Colorado River District, Kingman Field Office, and Arizona State Office. 

Purpose of Gather

The purpose of the gather is to address an overpopulation of wild burros within the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance, alleviate deterioration of the rangeland, to respond to requests to remove wild burros located outside of the herd management area in areas not designated for their long-term use and to address public safety and private property concerns. 

Public Observation

Limited public viewing will be available. Please contact Rodney Crum, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM-Colorado River District, 928-505-1225, to schedule a viewing opportunity.

Adoption Information

Animals removed from the Black Mountain HMA will be made available for adoption or purchase at Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-range Corral through the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sales Program.

Background

The BLM manages free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands as part of its multiple-use mission, with the goal of supporting healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands. The BLM is responsible for determining and maintaining appropriate management levels (AML) for each herd and works to achieve that population target through a variety of management processes, including limiting reproduction in some herds through the use of birth control and gathers that remove excess animals from the range. 

Daily Gather Reports

Daily Gather Reports

Monday, May 2, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 1030 due to the helicopter being unable to fly on 5/1 due to high winds. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) at gather start was 77 degrees F. Weather was clear with light winds. Gather operations ceased at 1215 with a WBGT of 80 degrees F.

No injuries or deaths observed or reported. 

Animals Gathered:  17 (8 Jacks, 7 Jennies and 2 Foals)

Animals Shipped:  0 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

No reported injuries or deaths. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 0600. WBGT at gather start was 68 degrees F. Weather was clear with light winds. Gather operations ceased at 1615 with a WBGT of 80 degrees F.

1 orphan will be put into veterinary care at Manzanita Animal Hospital. Once foal is recovered, it will be placed in foster care.

Animals Gathered:  79 ( 27 Jacks, 39 Jennies and 13 Foals)

Animals Shipped:  56 (1 Jacks, 40 Jennies and 15 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 0

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 0600. WBGT at gather start was 64 degrees F. Weather was clear with winds 10-15 N. Gather operations ceased at 1305 with a WBGT of 80 degrees F.

1 hotshot use during loading of semi authorized by IC.

Animals Gathered:  28 (10 Jacks, 12 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped:  0 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 0600. Temperature at gather start was 72 degrees F. Weather was clear with winds 10-15 N. Gather operations ceased at 1350 with a temperature of 87 degrees F.

2 hotshot use during loading of semi authorized by IC. 1 foal roped approved by COR.

Animals Gathered:  66  (24 Jacks, 29 Jennies and 13 Foals)

Animals Shipped:  57 (39 Jacks, 12 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Friday, May 06, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 0658. Temperature at gather start was 67 degrees F. Weather was clear with winds 10-15 N. Gather operations ceased at 1324 with a temperature of 90 degrees F.

1 jack roped approved by COR. 1 PZP jenny caught.

Animals Gathered:  34 (20 Jacks, 13 Jennies and 1 Foal)

Animals Shipped:  60 (20 Jacks, 28 Jennies and 12 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Summary: 

Gather operations started at 0630. Temperature at gather start was 73 degrees F. Weather was clear with winds 10-15 SW until 1200 then 20 +. Gather operations ceased at 1130 with a temperature of 85 degrees F.

1 Jenny roped approved by COR. 1 PZP jenny caught. 4 PZP burros have been caught total.

Animals Gathered: 43  (11 Jacks, 27 Jennies and 5 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Summary: 

No operations today due to wind.

Animals Gathered: 0  

Animals Shipped: 0

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Monday, May 09, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 48F, ending temp 71F. Weather clear with winds 5-10 SW. Operations started at 0603 and ended at 1300 due to wind.   

1 jenny roped inside wings.

Animals Gathered:  97 (35 Jacks, 47 Jennies and 15 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 60 (40 Jacks, 20 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 61F, ending temp 70F. Weather clear with winds 5-10 SW. Operations started at 0630 and ended at 1100 due to wind.

1 Jenny with old break on L rear, animal is in good health and does not need to be euthanized.

Animals Gathered:  57 (23 Jacks, 25 Jennies and 9 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 118 (35 Jacks, 64 Jennies and 19 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 70F, ending temp 72F. Weather clear with winds 15-20 SW. Operations started at 0630 and ended at 1030 due to wind.

I jenny roped inside wings of trap since she did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. The jenny was observed by Dr. Humphry and Chad and they determined she was unharmed by the roping.

Animals Gathered: 48  (22 Jacks, 22 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 55 (23 Jacks, 23 Jennies and 9 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 58F, ending temp 76F. Weather clear with winds 15-20 SW. Operations started at 0630 and ended at 1130 due to wind.

I jenny roped inside wings of trap since she did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. The jenny was observed by Chad and they determined she was unharmed by the roping. I Jack has an old broken leg but does not qualify for euthanasia since it does not have a hopeless prognosis for life.

Animals Gathered: 55 ( 23 Jacks, 26 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 48 (22 Jacks, 22 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Friday, May 13, 2022

Summary: 

 

Animals Gathered:

Animals Shipped: 54  ( 22 Jacks, 23 Jennies and 9 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp F, ending temp 76F. Weather clear with winds 5-10 SW. 

I jenny roped inside wings of trap since she did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. The jenny was observed by Chad and Dr. Humphrey and they determined she was unharmed by the roping.

Animals Gathered: 83 ( 31 Jacks, 46 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 75F, ending temp 87. Weather clear with winds 5 SW.

I jenny roped and three jacks inside wings of trap since they did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. Groups were small today which allows animals to scatter and require roping. The animals were observed by Chad and Dr. Humphrey and they determined they were unharmed by the roping.

Animals Gathered: 49 ( 19 Jacks, 26 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Monday, May 16, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 75F, ending temp 90. Weather clear with winds 10-20 SW. Operations ceased at 1200 due to wind.

2 jenny and 1 jack roped inside wings of trap since they did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. Groups were small today which allows animals to scatter and require roping. The animals were observed by Chad and Dr. Humphrey and they determined they were unharmed by the roping.

Animals Gathered: 54 (11 Jacks, 40 Jennies and 3 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 122 (40 Jacks, 72 Jennies and 10 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 67F, ending temp 93. Weather clear with winds 10-20 SW. Operations ceased at 1226 due to wind.

2 roped inside wings of trap since they did not go into the trap with the rest of the group. Groups were small today which allows animals to scatter and require roping. The animals were observed by Chad and Dr. Humphrey and they determined they were unharmed by the roping.

Animals Gathered: 65 (30 Jacks, 31 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 61 (21 Jacks, 38 Jennies and 2 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 76F, ending temp 95. Weather clear with winds 5-10 SW. Operations ceased at 1225 due to lack of burros in the area. Future trap sites scouted for the rest of the afternoon.

Animals Gathered: 37 (10 Jacks, 24 Jennies and 3 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 57 (20 Jacks, 33 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 76F, ending temp 89. Weather clear with winds 5-25 SW. Operations ceased at 1200 due to wind.

Animals Gathered: 32 (18 Jacks, 11 Jennies and 3 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 48 (22 Jacks, 22 Jennies and 4 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Friday, May 20, 2022

Summary: 

No trapping operations due to wind. HSUS study burros at Holding Treated with PZP.

Animals Gathered: 0 

Animals Shipped:

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Summary: 

Starting Temp 76F, ending temp 89. Weather clear with winds 5-25 SW. Operations ceased at 1200 due to wind. 3 roped with no injuries.

Animals Gathered: 86 (38 Jacks, 42 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped:

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Summary: 

Burros caught on 5/21 sorted in the morning. Operations started at 1300 temperature 77 at trap built near South Well. 77 captured. Operations ceased at sunset with temp of 84.

Animals Gathered: 77 (31 Jacks, 41 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped:

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 Jennies
- PZP-22: 0 Jennies

Animals Released: 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Gather Status

As of 5/23/2022

[IN PROGRESS] 

TOTAL Animals Gathered: 1008

1008 Wild Burros (392 Jacks, 506 Jennies, and 110 Foals) 

TOTAL Animals Shipped: 796
 
796 Wild Burros (305 Jacks, 400 Jennies, and 91 Foals) 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0

0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, and 0 Foals) 

  PZP:  0 Jennies
  PZP-22:  0 Jennies
  

TOTAL Animals Released:

0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 0 
-Sudden / Acute:
-Pre-existing / Chronic:

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