Another Black Mountain Roundup Announced

More wild burros will be removed from the HMA starting on May 2, according to today’s news release.

Helicopters will push the animals into the traps and public observation may be available on a limited basis.

The incident was planned and appears on page two of the latest schedule.

The capture and removal goals are 1,080 each but the announcement said that jennies receiving the Montana Solution in the Humane Society PZP experiment will be treated again and released, and those in the control group will receive an initial dose, followed presumably by return to their home range.

Therefore, the removal goal should be less than the capture goal.

The HMA covers about one million acres in northwestern Arizona and has an AML of 478, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 0.5 burros per thousand acres.

The current population is thought to be around 3,000.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

The HMA is subject to permitted grazing, with 72% of the authorized forage assigned to livestock, neglecting wildlife.

That resource would support an additional 1,222 burros, for a True AML of 1,700.

Sadly, the current population exceeds that value.

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Florence.

A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.

Burros were removed from the HMA in 2020, 2021 and early 2022 with bait traps.

The old mining town of Oatman, known for its furry panhandlers, is in the HMA.

UPDATE: Gather page found, not listed with other Arizona roundups.

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