The BLM will remove wild burros from public lands in and around the HMA starting on April 30.
Helicopters will push the animals into the traps, according to the news release, and the incident will be open to public observation.
The capture goal is 300 and the removal goal is 260. Jennies returned to the range may be treated with GonaCon.
The roundup was planned and appears on page two of the latest schedule.
The 70 burros allowed by plan, equivalent to 35 wild horses, require 420 AUMs per year. The HMA covers 99,241 total acres, for an equivalent stocking rate of 0.4 wild horses per thousand acres. The target rate across all HMAs is one wild horse per thousand acres.
The current population is thought to be 328.
The HMA is subject to permitted grazing. The overlapping allotments offer 14,919 AUMs per year on 266,757 public acres, for an average forage density of 55.9 AUMs per year per thousand acres, 13 times higher than the forage density for burros.
The forage assigned to livestock would support 9.3 wild burros per thousand acres, on top of the 0.4 wild burros per thousand acres allowed by plan.
The True AML would be 9.7 × 99.241 = 962. The current population is well within this range, so there are no excess animals.
The roundup has one goal: To protect the public-lands ranchers.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Axtell.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
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UPDATE: The stocking rate allowed by plan is 0.7 burros per thousand acres, 0.4 is an equivalent rate for horses. The forage assigned to livestock would support 9.3 wild burros per thousand acres, on top of the 0.7 animals per thousand acres allowed by plan, so the True AML would be (9.3 + 0.7) × 99.241 = 992, not 962.