What should be done *if* the population of burros is actually excessive? Wild burros have as much right to live free as wild horses do. However, much of the American South-West is suffering from a severe drought. The BLM keeps talking about using birth control methods on all the wild equine population – why haven’t they already? What are your thoughts about our American wild burros? ~ HfH
From: Mojave Valley Daily News
By: Neil Young
ULLHEAD CITY — About 20 people attended Wednesday’s Bureau of Land Management “scoping” meeting held in the Suddenlink Community Center.
Chad Benson, BLM wild horse and burro specialist, said the Black Mountain Herd Management Area, of which the Bullhead City area is a part, covers an area from Interstate 40 to the Grand Canyon.
BLM’s “appropriate management level” is 478 burros, but a population estimate completed in 2014 indicates there are 1,517 to 1,827 burros in the area — 300 percent above management level, Benson said.
BLM monitors vegetation and water supplies to make sure the population can continue to be sustained.
As the result of the increased burro population, the federal agency is noticing an “excess use of resources,” increasing human interaction, damage to
private property and threats to public safety by burros straying onto area roadways.
BLM’s goal is to maintain a healthy burro population and healthy habitat, Benson said. The agency is investigating fertility control measures that may be put in place at some point.
The only questions or comments permitted from the audience were private one-on-one encounters with BLM employees. There were also public comment forms available.
One person attending the meeting — contractor Larry Adams — told the Daily News he was disappointed the BLM did not address the “negative effects on native wildlife” from the burro population.
BLM is seeking public comments until May 2 as it prepares an “environmental assessment.”
Those may be mailed to Chad Benson, BLM Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd., Kingman, AZ 86401.