Burros to Be Removed from Seven Troughs HMA

BLM announced today that 200 ‘excess’ wild burros would be removed from the Seven Troughs HMA in northern Nevada and shipped to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Corrals, starting around June 1.

Bait traps will be used to effect the gather, which will not be open to public observation.

The HMA is managed for wild horses and burros, and is subject to permitted livestock grazing.  It covers 148,884 acres and has a combined AML of 202, for an aimed-at population density of 1.36 animals per thousand acres.

Seven Troughs HMA Map-1

The news release said the burros were leaving public rangelands and crossing roadways in search of food and water but did mention any such problems for cattle and sheep.

Another Reader Blasts Stewart and Lee’s Letter

Refer to this letter, posted today by St. George News in response to the letter of 05/17/19 by Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

“Overpopulation is a concocted crisis.  It is wrongful to take wild horses from the range and inject them with chemical sterilants because the rationale for doing so – overpopulation – is fake.”

RELATED: Reader Pens Rebuttal to Stewart and Lee’s Letter.

Journey to Marietta

Off-road trip to the Marietta Wild Burro Range by kingcidtravels.

The designation of ‘Range’ means the area is managed primarily for wild burros in accordance with the WHB Act.  It is the only WBR in the western U.S.

There are three ‘Ranges’ for wild horses in the western U.S.  Many of the remaining areas—which were set aside for wild horses and burros—are managed primarily for domestic livestock, a twisting of the law by the BLM to pacify the public-lands ranchers.