BLM Starts Chemehuevi Burro Gather This Week

BLM will remove up to 140 wild burros from the Chemehuevi HMA in southern California, beginning on 08/15/18, according to a news release posted today.  The method of capture will be bait traps.  Justification for the roundup was public safety and vehicle hazards.  Accommodations for public observation were not addressed.

Captured animals will be taken to the Ridgecrest Off-Range Corrals to be prepared for adoption or purchase.

The HMA is bounded by Hwy 95 on the west and the Colorado River on the east.  It covers 138,333 acres and has an AML of 108, for an aimed-at population density of 0.78 animals per thousand acres.

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A link for gather stats and daily reports was not provided in the announcement nor was the current population of burros.

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