Unedited Press Release from the BLM
BLM Gather of Wild Burros to Begin June 6
Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Yuma Field Office plans to begin gathering 350 burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area north of Yuma, Arizona, on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The gather was announced earlier to begin on June 4.
BLM expects the gather to last two weeks. The gather is part of ongoing management to maintain a healthy population of wild burros and horses on public lands in balance with their environment.
All gathered animals will be examined and, if needed, treated by a veterinarian. All animals will be transported to the BLM Ridgecrest facility and made available for adoption to citizens willing and prepared to provide good care.
Public viewing is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on June 6. Public observation will continue throughout the gather. All attendees must drive their own four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle. Also, observers should dress in accordance with weather conditions and bring plenty of food and water.
This gather will cover an extensive area, so the gather operations will be mobile and fluid. The trapping and holding site locations will change as the gather progresses and the meeting locations for the public observation opportunities will also change. For details on the gather, public observation opportunities, and other important information, visit BLM’s website at www.blm.gov/az.
The gather was scheduled to begin on April 9 but was postponed because of an Appeal and Petition for Stay to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). The IBLA denied the Petition for Stay on April 30.
Lori Cook, 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560
Deborah Stevens, 602-417-9215 or cell 602-828-1436
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