2024 Outside Lake Pleasant HMA Nuisance Wild Burro Gather

The Bureau of Land Management’s Phoenix District Office plans to begin the wild burro gather on or around Feb. 5, 2024.

Purpose of Gather:

The purpose of the gather is to is to remove nuisance burros that are damaging private property and creating a public safety hazard.

Details of Gather:

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a gather of up to 400 wild burros on state, local, and private lands outside the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area in the Lake Pleasant area northwest of Phoenix, Ariz. 

The burros will be gathered via bait trapping, water trapping, or both. Temporary traps on state trust lands or private land will be set up and monitored. Upon completion of efforts, BLM personnel will remove all equipment and bait used during the gather. This is not a drive trap gather; a helicopter will not be utilized in gather operations. 
 

Public Observation:

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

Adoption Information:

Animals removed from the Lake Pleasant 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

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Summary:  35℉ - 60℉. Light precipitation.

Animals Gathered: 10 Wild Burros (See Feb. 9, 2024 for breakdown)

Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

Summary: 35℉ - 50℉.

Animals Gathered: 15 Wild Burros (Feb. 5 and 9 breakdown: 9 Jacks, 10 Jennies, and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Summary: 37℉ - 62℉.

Animals Gathered: 4 Wild Burros (2 Jacks, 1 Jenny and 1 Foal)

Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

Summary: 38℉ - 66℉.

Animals Gathered: 22 Wild Burros (3 Jacks, 13 Jennies, 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

Summary: 38℉ - 66℉.

Animals Gathered: 4 Wild Burros (2 Jacks, 2 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 28 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 15 Jennies, 13 Foals) to Florence, Ariz.

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
 

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024

Summary: 40℉ - 70℉.

Animals Gathered: 11 Wild Burros (6 Jacks, 5 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024

Animals Gathered: 4 Wild Burros (4 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024

Animals Gathered: 18 Wild Burros (11 Jacks, 7 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

Animals Gathered: 1 Wild Burros (1 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

Summary: 40℉ - 70℉.

Animals Gathered: 12 Wild Burros (8 Jacks, 4 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 9 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2 Wild Burros (2 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 1 Wild Burros (1 Jack, 12-14 yr., Found deceased at holding)
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 1 Wild Burros (1 Jack. 12 yr., captured with an injured hock; euthanized)

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

Summary: 40℉ - 70℉.

Animals Gathered: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 65 Wild Burros (43 Jacks, 22 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Monday, Feb. 26, 2024

Summary: Cloudy 56℉ - 72℉. 

Animals Gathered: 43 Wild Burros (20 Jacks, 19 Jennies, 4 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1 Wild Burros (1 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 1 Wild Burros (1 Jack reported by the public with a broken leg; euthanized) 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

Summary: Sunny 47-73 degrees Fahrenheit.

Animals Gathered: 15 Wild Burros (7 Jacks, 5 Jennies, 3 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 63 Wild Burros (29 Jacks, 29 Jennies, 5 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Monday, March 25, 2024

Summary: Partly cloudy. 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Animals Gathered: 24 Wild Burros (5 Jacks, 14 Jennies, 5 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Summary: Partly cloudy. 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Animals Gathered: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 24 Wild Burros (5 Jacks, 14 Jennies, 5 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Summary: Mostly cloudy, light rain, 45-60 degrees.

Animals Gathered: 21 Wild Burros (3 Jacks, 18 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 1 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 1 Wild Burros (Jenny, Gray, >5years. Animals were being loaded when jenny broke away from the group along with another (within the trap) and attempted to break out by ramming head into the trap. Burro was thought to be simply dazed and given time to recover while the rest of the burros were being loaded. Upon checking condition, the burro was deceased)
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros
    • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
    • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Summary: Mostly cloudy, light rain, 45-60 degrees.

Animals Gathered: 7 Wild Burros (1 Jacks, 6 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Friday, April 5, 2024

Summary: Mostly sunny, 49-71 degrees F.

Animals Gathered: 26 Wild Burros (5* Jacks, 18 Jennies, 3 Foals)

*Included in the count is a horse. A BLM freeze marked horse that is titled escaped its owner from Surprise, Ariz., area and was returned to its owner.
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

 


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Summary: Mostly sunny, 49-71 degrees F.

Animals Gathered: 11 Wild Burros (9 Jacks, 2 Jennies, 0 Foals)
Animals Shipped: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)
 

Deaths: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 0 Wild Burros
  • Pre-existing / Chronic: 0 Wild Burros

Gather Status

This gather began on or around Feb. 5, 2024.

Last updated through April 7, 2024.

Animals Gathered: 248 Wild Burros (96* Jacks, 124 Jennies, and 28 Foals)

*Included in the count is a horse. A BLM freeze marked horse that is titled escaped its owner from Surprise, Ariz., area and was returned to its owner.

Animals Shipped: 180 Wild Burros (77 Jacks, 80 Jennies, and 23 Foals) 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, and 0 Foals) 

Animals Released: 0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 4 Wild Burros (3 Jacks, 1 Jennies, and 0 Foals)

  • Sudden / Acute: 2 
  • Pre-existing/Chronic: 2

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