Wild Burro Hit in Ear with Arrow

Animal control personnel are trying to locate the injured animal, which roams the Reche Canyon area south of San Bernardino, CA, according to a report dated 07/19/18 in The Sacramento Bee.

The area of interest is not on BLM land.  The nearest BLM Herd Areas are 20 to 30 miles to the east.  They have no AMLs and are not managed for WHB.

A $1000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Utah HMA Stats

Most of the herd management areas in Utah are on the western side of the state.

Here are some statistics for them, developed from individual pages at the BLM web site.

  • Number of HMAs: 18 (one jointly managed with USFS)
  • Total land: 2.7 million acres (mostly public, some private)
  • Total animals: 1911 (mostly horses, some burros, based on upper values of AMLs)
  • Average stocking rate: 1397 acres per animal (0.72 animals per thousand acres)
  • Stocking rate at 3X AML: 466 acres per animal (2.15 animals per thousand acres)

The last figure is offered as an estimate of the current situation, as many of the HMAs have more animals than allowed by the upper end of their AMLs.

Livestock grazing was reported on the Sulphur HMA and presumably occurs on others.

The largest HMA is Cedar Mountain at 411,636 acres, while the smallest is Tilly Creek at 37,006 acres.

Stocking rates vary from 1.5 animals per thousand acres at Range Creek HMA to 0.4 animals per thousand acres at King Top Mountains HMA.

The North Hills HMA is jointly managed with the USFS.

Holy Crap, My Horse Has a Brain

Yes, he can learn.  Past experience has an effect on future experience because of things going on inside his head.  If that wasn’t true, hot wires would serve no useful purpose.

The horse, like his rider, does not sit around helplessly as life passes by.  Instead, he is a factor that determines, in part, what it shall present.

H/T Rick Gore for the video.

Are There Any Wild Burros in Utah?

You might see a few of them on the Muddy Creek and Sinbad HMAs, both of which are managed for horses and burros.  I-70 passes through both areas, in a part of the state known as the San Rafael Swell.

Muddy_Creek_Sinbad_HMA_Map-1

The Muddy Creek HMA covers 208,810 acres and has an AML of 125, for a target population density of 0.6 animals per thousand acres.  Sinbad contains 285,518 acres and has an AML of 125 (horses and burros) for a target density of 0.4 animals per thousand acres.

In the map above, Muddy Creek appears to be at least 50% larger than Sinbad, so the numbers are wrong or the HMA boundaries were drawn incorrectly.  The Sinbad HA includes two parcels, one of which is adjacent to the Muddy Creek HMA.  The map may show the combined area of the Muddy Creek HMA and western portion of the Sinbad HA?