Action Alert: Sign petition to help save Black Mountain wild burros

by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League

A petition to save the Black Mountain wild burros needs signatures and will be sent to Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Raul Grijalva, AZ Governor Doug Ducey, Larry D. Voyles, Dir. of AZ Game & Fish Dept. and Mohave County Supervisor Steven Moss.

Please sign the petition at this link:

Mohave County Supervisor Steven Moss is encouraging hunters to shoot wild burros.  Moss even ran the cartoon below (posted in the Kingman Daily Miner on his facebook page, with the comment “I’m linking as the article has embedded stories of the Burro BBQ from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s, which is kind of cool.  As a reminder, the next Burro BBQ is this April 2 at Rotary Park…”

Donkey bbq


by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Arizona State government representatives are promoting killing our wild burros. Wild burros are our nationally protected living history. They represent our pioneering spirit and our culture. In 1971, congress passed the Free Roaming Wild Horses and Burros act. With this unanimous vote they provided protections to the burros and horses as our living legacies of our historical past. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is tasked with oversight of this act. Unfortunately, since 1971, riders have been added to appropriations bills without the public’s awareness weakening the intent of the act and undermining the will of the American people. The agencies that oversee wildlife, and our BLM which is supposed to protect wild horses and burros, have been using the new loopholes to manage our wild herds to extinction.

Since the BLM is also tasked with the “multi-use” component of our federal lands, and since the wild horses and burros are not backed by wealthy stakeholders like the big game hunting industries, Big Agriculture, and mining interests, the small percentage of federal lands designated for the wild horses and burros principal use is not fairly allocated. (Of the 250 million acres of federal land available, only 19 million acres are now allocated for wild horses and burros.) Of this 19 million acres only a small percentage is allocated to the wild horses and burros while the lion’s share is divided up with the powerful stakeholders.

Only 4,800 wild burros are free in the protected areas of all states managed by the BLM. (This number represents combining the BLM’s exaggerated number with ours and meeting halfway.) There are only five states that have burros on our Federal lands making them a unique tourism draw to those states lucky enough to have them.

Arizona is one of the states lucky enough to have their own vitally precious relic herds of wild burros, documented as laying claim to these lands as their ancestral homes for hundreds of years. The Black Mountain HMA is one million acres and is best known for the town of Oatman where burros are a main tourism draw. However, even the Oatman burros are not safe from the greed of stakeholders like the Arizona Bighorn Sheep Society, Arizona Mining Association, and Arizona off roaders who have 750 miles of trail cut throughout these habitats set aside for the burros.

Officially, the Arizona Game and Fish Department states that these wild donkeys harm the resources, while ignoring the harm caused by 750 miles of off road trails approved throughout Arizona’s Black Mountain HMA (Herd Management Area). These trails are used by hundreds of off roaders through delicate desert where destruction of natural springs has been documented as being caused by them. Arizona Game and Fish Department also ignores the damage caused by bighorn and mule deer rutting. The rutting destroys the trees they use to rut. Taxpayer subsidized ranchers overgraze their cattle on the fourteen allotments set aside for them in the Black Mountain HMA. They also use fencing to block the movement of the wild herds and block the underpasses used by the burros to get to the Colorado river causing them to cross the roadways on top instead. As a result of the destroyed natural springs, the off road noise and environmental pollution, the blockage to safe passage, and the lack of planning for the recently build Bullhead City Parkway which should have installed fencing, the burros are hit on the roads. These collisions were predictable and avoidable, but the burros are blamed. Mining is further laying waste to enormous tracts of land within the HMA while also polluting water sources. Again, the humble and peaceful burro is blamed.

The bighorn are a high profile species that are prized by big game hunters. Their restoration is heavily subsidized by private individuals who believe that the wild burro is an “enemy” of the bighorn. Black Mountain has one of the largest populations of bighorn in the country. The hunting permits for the bighorn are sold in an auction format, with the highest recorded winning bid being $400,000. Bighorn societies weld a great deal of financial influence over wildlife management and they have not been shy about their desire to see all burros eliminated from areas where they will release more of their designer, farm bred bighorn.

Arizona’s governing bodies want to kill wild burros to make way for hunting opportunities for wealthy hunters, more grazing privileges for taxpayer subsidized ranching, and mining and gas interests. The local community supports bighorn restoration, but not killing wild burros. Please help the community to stand up against these powerful forces that have refused to hear pleas to keep the wild burros, alive. Tell Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake that you will not tolerate removals of our wild burros. Tell Arizona Game and Fish, Steve Moss, and Senators McCain and Flake to stop promoting hunting them and barbecuing them. Killing our wild burros, harassing our wild burros, and managing them to extinction ignores the desires of millions of people who want them protected. Protect the burros of Arizona, and stop promoting hunting them.

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  1. Wishing you much success as I believe the preservation of the burros very important.

    I agree with Priscilla that McCain probably won’t be a source of assistance. I wrote him asking for factual information regarding the proposed designation of Sedona as a National Monument. I wanted to insure when I write about it on my website I had facts. I received no response other than a newsletter from McCain’s office criticizing President Obama, and then a steady ongoing barrage of emails from the Republican Party criticizing President Obama.

    Hopefully as you reach out further than McCain, someone will listen.


  2. I wonder if Moss knows that a criminal conspiracy exists when two or more people agree to commit an unlawful act, and then take some action toward its completion. The action taken need not itself be a crime, but it must indicate that those involved in the conspiracy knew of the plan and intended to break the law. All COLLABORATORS involved and showing intent to break the law can be CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY to commit the crime, regardless of whether the crime itself is actually attempted or completed.

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    • I totally agree… this is criminal conspirancy. Killing horses and burros protected by te WFHBA is a federal crime punisable with up to a year in prison for each individual count, so no burro BBQs

      Curiously enough Moss said in replies (i have one) that he wasn’t for killing them. HA!!! Now the cabrón (because of the bighorns) revealed his true colors.

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  3. January 18, 2016
    Mohave County Board of Supervisors
    PO Box 7000
    Kingman, AZ 86402-7000
    Gary Watson
    Hildy Angius
    Buster Johnson
    Jean Bishop
    Steven Moss
    Dear Sir/Madam:
    Please provide copies of my letter to the entire board of supervisors and any interested public at the January 19, 2016 Mohave County district meeting. Please take into consideration my letter and the points I am making concerning the welfare of the Black Mountain wild burros.
    A number of assertions are being made by Supervisor Moss about wild burros that are not based in fact, or supported by data. Let’s start with the charge that the burros are causing accidents on 95 and Bullhead Parkway. In Steve Moss’s own words, these accidents were reasonably foreseeable. However, he is pointing his finger in the wrong direction. When Bullhead City originated in the 1940’s, the burros were already there and had been since being reintroduced by the Spanish in the early 1500’s. So, when the Black Mountain HA (Herd Area) was laid out as a result of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act the city fell inside of the HA outlines and still does. The burros are protected yet the city planners failed to recognize, or worse ignored the reasonable foreseeability that federally protected burros would cross the road seeking water.
    It is difficult to understand why wildlife corridors are not required as part of any roadway cutting off access to water in a desert ecosystem. But, it can only be called irresponsible that a city built on the edge of a protected species habitat would not consider the safety of the species or people while designing roadways that clearly would cut off the species access to water. The dangers facing motorists are not on the shoulders of the BLM or the burros. The dangers posed by the roadway are on the shoulders of Mohave County Supervisors who failed to provide safe passage for the burros and other wildlife in the area when it was reasonably foreseeable that collisions would occur because they ignored the need for something as simple as wildlife corridors.
    Another statement made by the Mohave County Supervisors is the official number of burros present on the 1.1 million acre HMA called Black Mountain. There is a clear discrepancy of the count conducted by the BLM in 2014 and the numbers they reported. An analysis of the data, pictures, and hand-written notes from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Arizona – BLM
    Colorado River District – Kingman Field Office wild burro census completed in two segments, between April 25-30th and October 6-9th of 2014 in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area. Over the nine days in flight only 5% (rounded) of the wild burros that were allegedly counted were photographed. In fact, the majority of the photos taken during the flight were of big horn sheep and trophy buck deer and duplicate burro photos and landscape features rather than of wild burros counted. There were four persons in the helicopter in each flight – pilot and 3 observers – see flight data for observers’ names and government affiliation (BLM & AZGFD & NPS). The aerial census over the nine days fails to adequately document the BLM’s purported wild burro population count. It was also noted by examination of the photos that the majority of the photos were taken of the wild burros while being chased by the helicopter. The facts indicate that they failed to come anywhere near counting 1,800. In fact, they couldn’t even find 100 of these critically endangered animals. Our wild burro populations in the United States have reached critically low numbers. It is becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to find wild burros which is not good news for the tourism industry that has been nurtured in AZ and brings in millions annually.
    It is alarming that Steve Moss would make the remark that he is only asking to allow issuing hunting permits as a form of “shock” value. He publicly states, he knows these are federally protected animals and he doesn’t really want to cause them harm. All of the Mohave Supervisors are issuing the same replies to comments stating they want the public to contact the BLM and ask them to do their job. The public needs to contact the Supervisors and ask them to do their jobs and put accommodating safe wildlife passage on their agenda.
    The Black Mountain HMA has a history of trigger happy burro haters killing burros in the past. Due to this history, the propensity for danger to the burros is known. Steve Moss, who is an attorney, knows that if you yell “fire” in a movie theatre and someone gets hurt, the person who falsely yells fire can be charged. In my view, if any burros are harmed as a result of him knowingly mentioning killing burros, then he is culpable for causing them harm and should be criminally charged.
    The BLM is culpable for causing this uproar by the issuance of false reports. And to go one step further, the city of Bullhead City is culpable for every injury to every person and protected burro due to their failure to plan for wildlife corridors. Bullhead City still has the outlines of the original HA. They knew the burros called the area home, and they knew the river was important to their survival. Yet, they made a decision to not design the roadways with burros and wildlife playing a part in the design. The following collisions with burros and other wildlife was a predictable event.
    The burros are doing what they have always done since long before there was a Bullhead City. Blaming them for accidents is like blaming the car when a drunk gets behind the wheel. The car did not cause an accident, the drunk did. The burros did not cause accidents; failure to provide them passage to life sustaining water caused the accidents.
    Wildlife management relies on accurate numbers and the Fort Collins Science Center who guides the BLM aerial population procedures states, “Because population estimates drive nearly all management decisions pertaining to wild horses and burros, accuracy is important.” True and accurate numbers were not accomplished with this survey, and the FOIA documents obtained of the aerial flight shows the results issued by the BLM to be very much in question.
    It is time for the Mohave County Supervisors to wake up and realize that they share in the responsibility for the accidents on 95 and the Bullhead Parkway. It is time to accept that the burros belong in the area and plan accordingly. The burros are critically endangered and deserve protections. They are also an asset to both the environment and to the tourism industry. The public’s perception of AZ will be tarnished if burros are shot and killed. Visitors who come from all over the world to see a thriving desert community that includes the burros will go elsewhere and those tourism dollars will be lost to AZ.
    It is my great hope that the Mohave County Supervisors will come to realize that the path they have carved out for themselves is not realistic. It would be far more advantageous to the community and to wildlife if rather than ignoring that nature exists, the community would embrace the natural world and accommodate it. Everyone will benefit. Tourism will continue to flourish, safety will be enhanced, and the wild burros will be able to get a drink of water. Please reconsider your city planning and budget the corridors as a realistic safety measure that will satisfy everyone involved.
    Marjorie Farabee,
    Wild Horse Freedom Federation
    Director of Wild Burro Affairs
    Cc: Other interested parties

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  4. BLM states that the death rate due to wild horse and burro roundups is a “mortality rate of one-half of one percent (.005%)” which would be about one horse or burro for every 200 captured. That is fraudulent information as is proven with the following FOIA data.
    Death rate of captured burros during the 2010 Twin Peaks HMA roundup:

    9% (which would be nine burros out of every 100 captured) of the burros captured by BLM’s contractor Cattoor were DEAD within ten months of being captured.

    3 died from foaling complications including one jenny who died while foaling only four days after being captured
    1 jack died due to gelding complications (he was two years old)
    9 died from respiratory-pneumonia
    1 jenny died (that they admitted to) the same day she was captured – their reason states “other”
    162 burros were captured but only 158 even lived long enough to be counted at the BLM holding facility – what happened to the other four?

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  5. One thing you may want to do is remind them that they are public servants and, as such, have the responsibility to work with those whom they represent, NOT against them. And if you are an Arizona resident, let them know that their actions on this issue will affect your vote. After a while, politicians tend to lose sight of the fact that they work for us so it’s important to respectfully hold their feet to the fire when they get out of line.

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  6. This video proves how BLM in Arizona feel about the wild burros. The BLM allowed the contractor to repeatedly hit the burros with the helicopter. The guy in the blue shirt (about 55 seconds into the video) has been identified as a decision-maker employee of BLM wild horse and burro program in Arizona.


    • Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles
      AZGFD Director Larry Voyles is the Heber Wild Horses first inductee into the

      Inductees into the Heber Wild Horses “Wild Horse Hall of Shame”
      are individuals, groups, or agencies who have, through their actions or words, proven themselves to be detrimental to the health, safety, and freedom of America’s wild horses.


      • Have to say that Hall must be pretty crowded by now, right? Although it certainly wont rate high as a tourist attraction!


  7. Kingman Daily Miner
    Yesteryear: Once upon a time, burros were food for the festival


    “I have been commuting from Southern Cal to our place in Lake Mead City (Meadview) 50 miles north of Kingman, for over twenty years (hundreds of trips) and have lived here permanetly for the last 5 years.
    I have never seen a burro.
    But both the road to Dolan Springs (Pierce Ferry Rd.) and to Kingman (Stockton Hill Rd) have been littered with dead cattle over the years.
    There is one dead on the side of the road rotting on Stockton Hill right now.
    This nothing more than the Ranchers don’t want the burros eating their almost free food (free if your name is Bundy). I have wondered dozens of times how bad someone might have been hurt after hitting these cattle. Wonder why we don’t hear a word about those accidents.
    Wonder why the rancher who own the cattle are not required to pick up the dead carcuss, surely the owner is clearly marked. Wonder why there are three solar powered road signs, one on Stockton Hill and two on Pierce Ferry supplied by Mohave County warning of cattle on the road and how far to the Skywalk..
    Who pays for that $40,000 worth of equipment?

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    • HH, my thoughts exactly. Someone should attend this event with a hidden camera and bust any burro killers, and burro eaters as accessories to the crime/s. If we did this with any other protected wildlife species we’d lose our guns, our vehicles, a lot of cash, and some time spent behind bars. Why are burros any different?

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  8. Please protect our wild burros and our wild mustangs. That belong to America! They are not for sale to meat slaughter or to be left in holding areas that are not suitable for them!! Return them all to the wild NOW!!! WE DEMAND THIS!! OR WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE!!!

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  9. Diné Confront McCain in Window Rock, AZ

    Published on Aug 19, 2015
    Window Rock, AZ — On August 14, 2015 dozens of Diné (Navajo) took action to resist U.S. Senator John McCain’s attempts to steal precious water and desecrate sacred lands. McCain had private meetings scheduled at the Navajo Nation capitol with Diné and state politicians which included discussion of the controversial Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River water rights settlement.

    Nearly a dozen Diné youth took action by chanting and linking arms in a roving sit-in at the Nation Nation museum where the meeting was to be held. The group was supported by dozens of other Diné community advocates who held signs such as, “John McCain = Indian Killer” and “Save Oak Flat.”

    “Walking through our homeland has given us a deeper understanding of protecting the sacred, defending our homeland.” stated Nihígaal bee Iiná participants who were a significant part of the action on Friday, “Even if that means disrupting secret meetings with crooked politicians. We will no longer sit back, we will protect our water, land and livelihood for children, our grandchildren and honor our ancestors by any means necessary! WATER IS LIFE!”

    At one point state and Tribal police blocked demonstrators from leaving the museum building. An elder intervened opening the door allowing the group to pursue after McCain’s convoy yelling, “Get off our land!” Police blocked access to the airport where McCain quickly departed. Despite heavy law enforcement presence, no arrests were made.

    McCain has long established himself as an enemy of Indigenous lifeways. From furthering forced relocation on Black Mesa for coal mining (S.1003), political support for ski area desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks, to his most recent attack against San Carlos Apache Holy lands at Oak Flat for copper mining, McCain has long placed corporate interests over Diné and other Indigenous Nation’s survival.

    In the face of ecological and climate crises, McCain and a handful of Navajo political collaborators continue to further extreme pollution from fracking, coal mining, and Coal-Fired power plants operating on the Navajo Nation. These actions appears to contradict other ecologically responsible measures such as the Diné Natural Resources Protection Act of 2005, which banned uranium mining and processing on Navajo lands, the 5 Year plan to clean up abandoned uranium mines, and the recently declared a state of emergency due to the Gold King mine disaster which threatens sacred and vital water ways such as the San Juan and Colorado.

    This statement was issued on the day of the action by Collective voice of those united in solidarity, “NO MORE ALLOWING state or federal politicians and the corporations they represent entrance into our homelands. Those who are responsible for our people being poisoned, starved, kept in poverty and removed from our sacred territories, are not welcomed here!! We will take back our power and restore our homelands, take care of our water, protect our people and our sacred sites, and mentor a new generation of youth that will change this paradigm of exploitation and greed!”

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