Approximately 300 wild burros will be removed from the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Fish and Wildlife Service. The affected areas are on the west side of the Cibola-Trigo HMA, a narrow zone denoted by blue-green in the following map.
A gather page by the BLM indicates the roundup started last week, with 81 burros gathered through September 15. The operation employs bait traps and is not open to public observation. No deaths have been reported.
Captured animals will be shipped to the off-range corrals in Florence, AZ.
A nuisance gather occurred in the HMA earlier this year.