The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is to conduct an emergency ‘gather’ of wild burros along the Parker Strip this week, thinning the herd by 100 animals.
The gathers follow others last week in Bullhead City, for a total of 470 animals. BLM says the gathers are needed after “discussions and concerns brought forth by private landowners and community leaders following a string of incidents involving wild burros.”
Parker Live asked a BLM spokesperson, Valerie Gohlke, what incidents prompted the gather on the Parker Strip.
“Mostly human health and safety concerns when visitors interact with wild animals,” Gohlke responded. “Vehicle collision with burros resulting in damaged property, people and animals.”
According to BLM’s website, the agency uses a “water/bait trap capture method” to capture the burros. They are then transported to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro facility in Florence, Arizona and Ridgecrest, California where they will be prepared for possible adoption.
The estimated total herd population in the area is 655. For more information, visit the BLM website HERE.