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2019 Seven Troughs Wild Burro Gather
The gather began on Tuesday, June 4 and concluded on Tuesday, July 2; the numbers posted are as close of business on Tuesday, July 2.
Details of Gather
The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District (WDO), Humboldt River Field Office will begin gather operations on or about June 1, 2019 and is expected to last approximately 45-days. The gather will be conducted by BLM staff using a bait and water trap method; no contracted helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather and remove up to 200 excess wild burros.
The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild burro gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals. The BLM will use the best available science and handling practices for wild burros while meeting the overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy. Because animals are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during gather operations.
Wild burros identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center in Reno, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to bring home a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
The population of wild burros in the area was estimated at 240 animals as of February 2019 – more than five times above the target population of 28-46 animals. Due to limited forage and water within the Seven Troughs herd management area, excess wild burros are now leaving public rangelands and crossing roadways in search of resources. Vehicle collisions with wild burros have occurred on Highway 399 and burros have been spotted on Highway 447 south of Empire, Nev. as well as within the town of Empire. Resource damage around the Porter Springs Recreation Management Area has also been attributed to the overpopulation of wild burros.
The Seven Troughs HMA is located in western Pershing County, approximately 75 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, and is administered by the BLM Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office. The HMA contains approximately 148,884 acres of unfenced public and private lands. The terrain in the area consists of north-south trending mountains separated by broad valleys. Elevations within the HMA range from 4,100 feet along the valley floor to 7,782. Burros within the HMA are the descendants of pack animals used by miners and sheep ranchers. The majority of the burros exhibit a gray color pattern, however pinto burros are also found in the area.