BLM to Hold Scoping Meetings on Fate of Near Extinct Wild Burros

“Attention all wild horse and burro advocates; our disappearing wild burros need your voice at an upcoming BLM scoping meeting to be held April 1-2. If you can arrange to attend please do so and speak on their behalf. Thanks, in advance, for your dedication and commitment…keep the faith.” ~ R.T.


The information below supplied by “The Daily Miner

Wild Burros in BLM holding ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Burros in BLM holding ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

KINGMAN – How the Bureau of Land Management manages burros will be the topic of discussion when a pair of scoping meetings are held in Mohave County April 1-2.

The bureau will focus on the management of wild burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area, located about 15 miles west of Kingman. The area parallels the eastern bank of the Colorado River for 80 miles, from Hoover Dam south to the Needles Bridge on the Arizona-California border.

The first meeting takes place in Bullhead City from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 1 and the second will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2 at the BLM Kingman field office, 2755 Mission Boulevard off of Hualapai Mountain Road.

The first half hour features poster presentations for viewing. The formal presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and the following topics will be discussed:

• The current population estimate

• Vegetation utilization data

• Fertility control

• The appropriate management level

• Burros outside of the herd management area

Attendees can comment on issues, data and any other concerns following the presentation.

For more information, contact BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Chad Benson at (928) 718-3750.

12 comments on “BLM to Hold Scoping Meetings on Fate of Near Extinct Wild Burros

  1. another kangaroo court session sponsored by the BLM. we all know what their agenda is. I’m hoping that people out west can attend. unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to get there it’s a little too far and too time consuming considering I have a job. I feel bad for the girls love Mustangs. I can write until my fingers fall off but it’s to no avail since they don’t read them don’t consider on and don’t care.

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  2. From AMERICAN HERDS

    Critically Endangered
    http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2007/12/critically-endangered.html

    Despite this endangered status for over 37 years, no studies, recovery plans, agreements or progress has been made toward the preservation of this ancestor of our wild burros.

    One of the only modern comprehensive sources of information available on the ass species is Equids: Zebras, Asses, and Horses: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan by Patricia Moehlman, P.D. (2002) and the Equid Specialist Group of IUCN.

    While the BLM has been “managing” wild burro herds for over three decades, almost no studies have been compiled on wild burros in general or of their individual herds – they are just “lumped in” with wild horses on every level.

    What limited historical data and studies has been done regarding wild burros has primarily been compiled by those interested in promoting big game species such as bighorn sheep who flourish in similar habitats as our own wild asses.

    Needless to say, these “authoritative opinions” always finds wild burros a great threat to any species and habitat; no matter how many centuries wild burro herds have been documented in the area, totally naturalized and co-existing in harmony within those ecosystems.

    In July 2000, Patricia Moehlman, Chairwoman of the Species Survival Commission and Equid Specialist for the World Conservation Union appealed to BLM to initiate more studies of our American wild asses in efforts to obtain relevant information for critically endangered asses throughout the world.

    However, the BLM had just released their “Strategy to Achieve and Manage Wild Burros at Appropriate Management Levels” in June of 2000, which authorized wild burro populations to be slashed nationally by at least 66%, despite their “federally protected status” – Dr. Moehlmans appeal for help was ignored. (1)

    The first census done by BLM in 1971 reported approximately 8,045 wild burros on public lands. This census was done by driving around in vehicles and counting burros when they saw them. In 1974, the first census was done using aircraft; BLM reported a wild burro population estimated at 14,374.

    In February 2007, BLM estimated the remaining national burro population was merely 2,874 burros with 369 more wild burros removed since the February estimates.

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  3. I’m sorry but it seems no matter how many of us taxpayers want the wild horses and burros free on public land, they pay no attention to us! I think we should demand an investigation into the BLM and the Dept of Interior and all roundups should be stopped immediately! They are trying to destroy all our wild horses and burros!

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    • I wholeheartedly agree with you Gloria. They are corrupt. My first encounter with their lack of transparency and good ole boy connections was when I was in Mesa Verde State Park in 1996 and was told there were no longer wild horses there as they were rounded up by friends of the BLM. I believe it was lucrative for them. Round them up and sell them for all the profit. Over the years these stories are becoming more well known and all too common. So what does the public need to do to hold the BLM accountable?

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  4. The BLM is managing the wild horses and burros into extinction!! Stop the roundups and release the ones in holding and use birth control!!

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    • Angie, we don’t want the BLM to use birth control on NON-VIABLE HERDS. Many “herds” have only 20-50 horses, just enough so the BLM doesn’t have to admit they’re zeroing out herds.

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  5. Take a look at this document…scroll down to the very end and look at the procedure and care taken if a driver encounters a Desert Tortoise on the road…driver is to stop the car, get out and wait for the Desert Tortoise to get off the road,

    The Federally Protected Wild Burros are to be removed because they are getting on the road.

    Bullhead City Nuisance Wild Burro removal
    http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/az/whb.Par.30797.File.dat/Bullhead-cx.pdf

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