BLM rounding up more wild burros on the brink of extinction in the U.S.

Wild Burros

The “nuisance” BLM is rounding up and removing more wild burros, with a population already at critically endangered low numbers here in the U.S.  The BLM issued another Categorical Exclusion (CX).  It seems that the BLM is doing more CXs than ever.  The GAO issued a report in 2009 stating that the BLM had been issuing excessive CXs that did not comply with the law.  The GAO needs to look into all of the CXs the BLM has been issuing to round up wild horses & burros.   –  Debbie

SOURCE:  BLM

Goal of the Gather:

The BLM Phoenix District, Hassayampa Field Office is bait trapping up to 50 wild burros in the desert north of Phoenix and west of Interstate 17, near the Ben Avery Shooting Range. The intent is to remove animals that are creating a nuisance or endangering public safety. The field office has completed a categorical exclusion in accordance with the BLM Departmental Manual Part 516, Chapter 11.9.

Details of the Gather:

The BLM is gathering up to 50 wild burros. The gather is outside the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area. The burros are getting on public rights-of-way, including State Route 74, Loop 303, Lake Pleasant Highway, Interstate 17, New River Road, and Castle Hot Springs Road. Animals on these heavily traveled roads are in constant danger of being hit by vehicles. Twenty-seven animals have been killed as a result of collisions with vehicles in the past eight months.

The gather is being conducted by BLM employees. Small corrals holding hay, supplement, or water are used to lure the burros through a gate, which closes behind them. The BLM will not offer public observation opportunities because the trap sites are not on Federal property.

Adoption:

Wild burros removed from the area will be transported to the Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Axtell, Utah, to be prepared for the BLM wild burro adoption program.

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov. For information about this wild burro gather, call Amanda James at 623-580-5568.

 

25 comments on “BLM rounding up more wild burros on the brink of extinction in the U.S.

  1. Capturing 20 here and 50 there and then another 78 someplace else (horses and burros – both) reminds me of the old video game – Pac Man – where the cartoon figure just keeps chomping at them and chomping at them until they are allllllllllllllll gone.

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  2. .If people would learn how to drive out there there wouldn’t be any animals killed by cars & trucks. . you call when you said that the BLM was a nuisance. I said disband them. to people who care about these How to get this done is beyond me..

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  3. Does a CX mean that the public has no ability to comment on the matter? Does the CX have to be approved by the GAO first? Is there anything the public can do? I’d like to see those traffic crash reports for the last 8 months. Most vehicles would have damage just like hitting deer or antelope.

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    • The levels of analysis are:

      Categorical Exclusions (CX) – a CX is used for an action that has been determined to no have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, therefore neither an EA or EIS is required.

      Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) – a DNA is used when an action is in conformance with the land use plan and has been adequately analyzed in an existing EA or EIS.

      Environmental Assessment (EA) – one of the purposes of an EA is to determine if an EIS level analysis is needed. The EA analyzes impacts to the quality of the human environment, serves as a vehicle for interdisciplinary review of the proposal, identifies appropriate mitigation measures, and can facilitate the preparation of an EIS if one is necessary.

      In the Carson City District, all EA’s are made available for a 15-day or 30-day public review and comment period. Afterwards, the Authorized Official will sign a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record. This decision is subject to a 30-day appeal period.

      Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – this level of analysis is conducted for major federal actions which significantly affect the quality of the human environment. All draft EIS’s will be available for a minimum 30-day public review period, and will be available for a 30-day period for the Final EIS, prior to the BLM issuing a Record of Decision.

      http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa.html

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      • Thank you, GG! I sure wish my advanced certification exam covered more of the environmental law/research than city zoning, which really wasn’t what I wanted. I think my certifying body needs to add another examination to their list. Thanks again.

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  4. ARIZONA

    Congressional Criminals Selling Off Apache Holy Land to a foreign corporation…
    (excerpt)
    June 2, 2015
    NYT OP-ED
    http://ppjg.me/2015/06/02/congressional-criminals-selling-off-apache-holy-land-to-a-foreign-corporation/
    Lydia Millet is the author, most recently, of the novel “Mermaids in Paradise,” and a contributing opinion writer.
    Tucson

    ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.
    Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering. It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.

    Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.

    The Apache are occupying Oak Flat to protest this action — to them, a sacrilegious and craven sell-off of a place “where Apaches go to pray,” in the words of the San Carlos Apache tribal chairman, Terry Rambler. The site will doubtless be destroyed for any purpose other than mining; Resolution Copper Mining will hollow out a vast chamber that, when it caves in, will leave a two-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep pit. The company itself has likened the result of its planned mining at Oak Flat to that of a nearby meteor crater.

    The land grab was sneakily anti-democratic even by congressional standards. For more than a decade, the parcel containing Oak Flat has been coveted by Rio Tinto, Resolution’s parent company – which already mines on its own private land in the surrounding area — for the high-value ores beneath it.

    The swap – which will trade 5,300 acres of private parcels owned by the company to the Forest Service and give 2,400 acres including Oak Flat to Resolution so that it can mine the land without oversight -had been attempted multiple times by Arizona members of Congress on behalf of the company. (Among those involved was Rick Renzi, a former Republican representative who was sent to federal prison in February for three years for corruption related to earlier versions of the land-transfer deal.) It always failed in Congress because of lack of support.
    But this time was different. This time, the giveaway language was slipped onto the defense bill by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona at the 11th hour. The tactic was successful only because, like most last-minute riders, it bypassed public scrutiny.

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    • Louie,
      Made my displeasure known to both of my congressmen & my representative. Have no idea if that will make a ripple anywhere, but DID tell them all just how disgusted I am & added the article to my email (not an attachment). Thank you so much for keeping us all aware of these sneaky little tricks! Hope more people respond to this – I mentioned that it was the same kind of behavior that kept the horse slaughter plants going!!! Do have to admit that both my congressman & congresswoman are usually on the right side of things – representative not always…

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    • What is the old saying ? All evil needs is for good men(& women) to do nothing! That probably isn’t quite correct – but close. I guess, rather than simply emailing, it might be more advantageous to get back to actual letters & mail! The thing is, emailing comments a lot of the time is preaching to the choir (us here) but getting ticked off enough to sit down & write a physical letter & mail it – maybe that makes more of an impression! How many of us do add a personal paragraph to the suggested letters rather than just hit submit? Actually, I have a feeling most of us here do that. I really have my doubts that the form letters alone matter as much without the personal “touch”.

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    • Thank you, Louie for sharing this article. I agree, thank you to Maggie for speaking out. This is just going to be another issue that I bring up to my congressmen. They are going to start getting sick of seeing letters from me. I agree, Maggie, a written letter maybe better than an email that gets lost in the “Inbox” or goes directly to “Junk”. A real letter is a “personal” touch.

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    • Our wild horses and wild burros ALREADY have plenty of legally designated land (and its resources) but these lands have been and continue to be stolen from the WH&B and from “we the people” of America.

      In 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, these animals were found roaming across 53.8 million acres known as Herd Areas, of which 42.4 million acres were under the BLM’s jurisdiction.

      That many acres could support at least a quarter of a million wild horses and burros – that is an estimate … but I think you understand? There are no excess wild horses and wild burros on their legally authorized land.

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      • You are right, GG, there are no “excess” wild horses & burros anymore; they are almost all gone.

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  5. The following is from a public statement issued by
    International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB).
    ISPMB is the oldest Wild Horse & Burro protection organization in the United States and Velma Johnston (Wild Horse Annie) was the first president.
    ISPMB has been working with Princeton University to study Wild Horse herd and reproductive behavior
    http://www.ispmb.org/

    There is NO overpopulation of wild horses and burros

    Wild horses and burros are NOT the cause of habitat degradation of public lands.
    Wild horse and burro populations have been nearly CUT IN HALF since 1971 when Congress declared they were “fast disappearing from the American scene.”

    Approximately 75% of the herds have LESS than viable numbers of animals for future sustainability. Each herd must have 150 effective breeders according to Dr. Gus Cothran, leading equine geneticist in the world. (effective breeders constitute only those animals breeding which omits the very old and the very young in the count)

    In 2009, Dr. Cothran reported studying 123 wild herds which 20% of THEM showed a critical or near critical loss of genetic diversity.

    For the PAST 100 YEARS, due to overgrazing by livestock, our public lands habitat has been in static to downward trend with few areas improving.

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  6. Is there one person in the government who really gives a s–t about what the CRAY-CRAYS are doing to our horses and burros? Wake up Americans, before our Western icons are all eaten. Greed, greed, greed—sick of it.

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  7. Please stop burro roundups! Let them live in peace! Don’t let them become extinct!! Leave them alone!! Thank you!

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  8. Wouldn’t it be nice if those who represent the people, not special interest groups, show the responsibility, respect, and the compassion needed for making fair and honest decisions. The injustice towards the helpless and innocent is heartbreaking and the need to right the wrong is needed, now more than ever!

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  9. BLM has already captured 4 Wild Burros. Calls to the field office would be good.
    Ask questions. If you get the message machine…keep calling
    Let them know that the Public is watching.
    We can’t just let these Wild Burros disappear forever.
    We are their only voice

    http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/whb/pdo-gather.html

    Details of the Gather:

    The BLM is gathering up to 50 wild burros. The gather is outside the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area. The burros are getting on public rights-of-way, including State Route 74, Loop 303, Lake Pleasant Highway, Interstate 17, New River Road, and Castle Hot Springs Road. Animals on these heavily traveled roads are in constant danger of being hit by vehicles. Twenty-seven animals have been killed as a result of collisions with vehicles in the past eight months.

    The gather is being conducted by BLM employees. Small corrals holding hay, supplement, or water are used to lure the burros through a gate, which closes behind them. The BLM will not offer public observation opportunities because the trap sites are not on Federal property.

    Adoption:
    Wild burros removed from the area will be transported to the Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Axtell, Utah, to be prepared for the BLM wild burro adoption program.

    For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov. For information about this wild burro gather, call Amanda James at 623-580-5568.

    Hassayampa Field Office
    21605 N. 7th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929
    Phone: (623) 580-5500
    Fax: (623) 580-5580
    Field Manager: Rem Hawes
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M-F

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  10. Please let them be free if not adopted. Do not feel program is doing best for the horses and burros . Could save money by no holding pens , after adoption days . Please do notow sell to slaughter houses. Check all buyers and their intentions ! Thank you!

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  11. I live near this herd management area. I see burros bothering no one and there aren’t alot. This is second year in a row.they have taken this tact saying nuisance burros. Give me a break what about all the nuisance people do we put them up for adoption? Would love to. Where are all the burro signs warning drivers, well there aren’t very many. Why not ? I pay taxes and I want burros at Lake Pleasant. Don’t you want your grandkids and their grandkids to see wild burros roaming the desert. Spirit of the American West. If people don’t start calling and asking questions then I feel sorry for all the children because the burros will be gone and they’ll never be back. How many of you have seen a newborn burro? Well their so cute it almost hurts!!!! Please people stand up and don’t let them do this………. I have been around these burros here for 5 yrs. I ride my horse out or quad. I loved seeing them wild and free not many things are these days.Wouldn’t you rather see a wild burro than trash like tv’s, / computers monitors . More. trash, tree clippings and my personal pet peeve SHOTGUN shells.

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