2018 Outside Chemehuevi Wild Burro Gather
Progress as of August 30, 2018
Phase 1: 2018 Outside Chemehuevi Indian Reservation Wild Burro Gather
Phase 2: 2018 Chemehuevi HMA-Parker Strip Wild Burro Gather
Purpose of Gather:
On July 6, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a request from the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe Chairman regarding wild burros within the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation, which have created a public safety issue to vehicle traffic and have become a general nuisance in the housing area.
Details of Gather:
The Lake Havasu Field Office in cooperation with the Needles Field Office proposes to utilize wildlife friendly bait trapping techniques to capture and remove approximately 223 nuisance burros outside the Chemehuevi Herd Area (HA) and Herd Management Area (HMA), primarily near Havasu Landing, California. The office of jurisdiction is the Lake Havasu, Arizona BLM Field Office.
The gather will continue through the summer of 2018. The removal operations will be conducted by the Ridgecrest BLM Wild Horse and Burro gather crew. The operation will utilize water/bait trap capture method of capturing the burros.
The BLM will conduct this operation using temporary water and bait traps consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay. Because of the nature of the bait and water trap method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity; therefore, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during operations. No helicopters will be used.
For more information, contact the BLM Information Center at email@example.com or 866-468-7826.
All captured burros will be transported to the Ridgecrest BLM Regional Wild Horse and Burro Holding and Adoption Facility where they will be placed into the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program.
For information on how to adopt a burro, visit the Adoption and Sale Program page.
The Chemehuevi Herd Area (HA) / Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in southeastern California along the Colorado River, south of Needles, California within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, California. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980, as amended through the Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Coordinated Management Plan (NECO, 2002) and adopted by the Lake Havasu Field Office Resource Management Plan (LHFO-RMP, 2007), identified the southern portion of the HA as an HMA with an appropriate management level (AML) of 108 burros. Current estimated burro population is 655 burros.