BLM will remove 120 wild burros from the Havasu HMA starting this month, because they are damaging private property. The operation, not announced on the BLM news page, will be carried out with bait traps and will not be open to public observation.
The HMA covers 450,790 acres in western Arizona, with land on both sides of the Colorado River. The AML is 166 wild burros, equivalent to 83 wild horses.
The stocking rate allowed by plan is equivalent to 0.2 wild horses per thousand acres, compared to a target rate of one wild horse per thousand acres across all HMAs.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Florence.
Gather stats and daily reports will appear on this page.
BLM did not indicate if any resources on the HMA had been diverted to other users of public lands.
As noted last month, stocking rates below 1.0 may denote large percentages of resources assigned to privately owned livestock. The environmental assessment for management actions on the HMA would have to be reviewed to find out if that’s the case.