Planet Ranch Nuisance Roundup Begins, Ends, No News Release

The incident started on August 14 and ended on August 27, with 184 burros captured and 184 shipped, according to figures at the gather page.

Western Horse Watchers was unable to find an announcement at the BLM news site.

The method of capture was bait.  The capture and removal goals were 160.

The operation was prompted by complaints from a landowner about wild burros that had ventured onto private property within the Havasu HMA.

Foals accounted for 13% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 57.5% were male and 42.5% were female.

The burros were taken to the off-range corrals in Florence, AZ.

Planet Ranch, previously an alfalfa farm, is now a conservation area managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

A roundup occurred in the area last year.

3 thoughts on “Planet Ranch Nuisance Roundup Begins, Ends, No News Release

  1. SO tell me where I am mistaken….The operation was prompted by complaints from a landowner about wild burros that had ventured onto private property within the Havasu HMA and the Planet Ranch, previously an alfalfa farm, is now a conservation area managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

    This is not about private property rights. It is about jurisdiction over protected animals on a federally involved conservation area subject to NEPA et al.

    Deceptively the management plan specifies ” Evaluation species are species that could become listed in the future; however, sufficient information was not available at the time the HCP was written to determine the effects of covered activities or to develop conservation measures for these species.

    Should wild burros have been listed as a PROTECTED component of this resource management plan which mandates consultation with BLM/USFWS before removal? Doesn’t the removal constitute Conversion of Federal Property (this article is about CONVERSION, and Wild Horses as Federal Property, not slaughter) https://www.leagle.com/decision/19801245626f2d61911131.

    Habitat Conservation Plan Conservation Concepts
    https://www.lcrmscp.gov/conservation/conservation_concepts.html
    The Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) describes general and species-specific conservation measures for twenty-six covered species and five evaluation species. Covered species are species included under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) incidental take authorization and are either currently listed or proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under ESA or are protected under Arizona, California, or Nevada law; or may become listed during the 50 year LCR MSCP term that are affected by covered activities. Evaluation species are species that could become listed in the future; however, sufficient information was not available at the time the HCP was written to determine the effects of covered activities or to develop conservation measures for these species. Species covered under the LCR MSCP include four fish, twelve birds, four mammals, three reptiles, one amphibian, one insect, and two plants. The plan includes conservation measures to raise and stock over 1.2 million native fish into the lower Colorado River and to create and manage over 8,100 acres of riparian, marsh, and backwater habitats for native species. While Reclamation is the lead implementing agency for the LCR MSCP, many individual projects are accomplished through partnerships, especially with state and federal land management or natural resource agencies.

    1. Did Fish and Wildlife determine that the plan could include conservation measures, create and manage over 8,100 acres of riparian, marsh, and backwater habitats for native species AND NOT include 184 Burros?.
      ” While Reclamation is the lead implementing agency for the LCR MSCP, many individual projects are accomplished through partnerships, especially with state and federal land management or natural resource agencies.”

      1. As the plan states ” many individual projects are accomplished through partnerships, especially with state and federal land management or natural resource agencies.” I believe these partnerships are a colluded, conspiracy that may constitute, conversion, misuse of funds and fraud.

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