Hickison Burros Go Off the Reservation, Prompt Gather

BLM said today that twenty wild burros would be removed this week from private land west of the Hickison HMA in central Nevada.  Refer to this news release for details.

The 57,000 acre HMA has an AML of 45, for an aimed-at population density of 0.8 animals per thousand acres.  It’s about 20 miles east of Austin.

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The land owner complained that the burros have been damaging fences and consuming privately owned hay.

The announcement did not indicate if the private land was a base property for livestock grazing.  The HMA and lands to the west are subject to grazing allotments.

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Captured animals will be taken to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Corrals north of Reno, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption.

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