BLM issues decision to gather wild burros
February 24, 2012
Up to 75 wild burros will be rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management from around Beatty in Nye County next month.
The BLM’s Tonopah Field Office has signed off on the Bullfrog Herd Management Area Gather Plan, which will reduce the number of animals to about 120 wild burros. The gather will tentatively begin on March 5 and run for approximately 2 to 7 days.
The BLM estimates there are currently 195 wild burros in an area that can sustain up to 91. The proposed gather is needed to remove excess wild burros to help prevent deterioration of the range, achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance, achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild burro populations, protect habitat for threatened desert tortoise and sensitive Amargosa toad, and decrease or eliminate public safety concerns for the citizens of Beatty and travelers along the Highway 95.
A helicopter will be used to gather the wild burros and they will be transported to the Ridgecrest Holding Facility by motorized vehicles.
Wild burros removed from the range will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
An on-site adoption will be 9-11 a.m. March 7. All interested adopters must be pre-approved and have their corrals inspected before the day of the adoption.. Un-adopted wild burros will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for, and will retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 law. The BLM does not sell or send any burros to slaughter.
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For more information, visit http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html