Burros who have made their home in the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are being captured by the Bureau of Land Management and will soon be transported to California for adoption.
According to the BLM, the burros are being gathered because they pose safety hazards on the park’s roadways and are damaging the park’s restoration efforts. Currently, there are from 90 to 108 burros in the park.
In the past, moving the burros has been controversial. A BLM spokeswoman says it’s out of the public’s view to make sure the process runs smoothly.
She explained corrals are set up for bait and trap, so the animals go to an area to eat or drink; a gate closes behind them, and she calls this process “low stress” for the burros.
Alan Levinson who co-owns Bonnie Springs Ranch next to the park says he is concerned about the heat and the affect it can have on the younger and older burros. Levinson says he believes the BLM should be more transparent with the process.
“Anything in the government these days is such a problem that I think that if they’re rounding them up — if they’re baiting some corrals in the area — the news crews should at least be able to go in and get video of what’s going on and check it out so they can make the public feel at ease,” Levinson said. “That it is being done humanely, nobody is being chased around with helicopters which has happened in the past.”
Approximately 40 will be gathered using a bait and water trap method to lure them into temporary corrals. No helicopters will be used.