Tell BLM to Protect Largest U.S. Wild Burro Herd
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

American Wild Horse Preservation
May 2015

ACTION

wild burros
Photo courtesy The Cloud Foundation

Given the Black Mountain wild burro population's significance and popularity with the public, the BLM should designate this Horse Management Area (HMA) as a National Wild Burro Range, in order to raise the number of burros allowed to live there and confer greater protections to these unique and cherished animals.

The BLM wants to reduce the population to within the AML, meaning that 73 percent of the burros in this area could be rounded up and removed!

If you agree that the burros should be left wild and free, please add your name.

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AND/OR better yet, make direct contact:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
phone (202) 456-1111
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Sally Jewell
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
[email protected]

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

wild burro
Photo Couretsy Mike Lorden

Wild burros in the United States are in crisis. The burros living in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona are the largest remaining herd in the U.S., representing approximately 20% of the wild burro population managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Black Mountain burros are historic and cherished by millions of Americans and international visitors who encounter them while driving along historic Route 66, especially in the old mining town of Oatman.

At 1.1 million acres, the Black Mountain HMA is one of the largest burro HMAs in the U.S. Historically, according to the BLM, burro numbers reached more than 2,000 in this area. However, in 1996, the BLM's Black Mountain Ecosystem Plan authorized livestock grazing in the area and established an "Allowable" Management Level (AML) for burros of just 382-478. Currently, the BLM estimates the number of burros in Black Mountain to be between 1,500 - 1,800 -- meaning that it remains a genetically viable and robust wild burro population. However, the BLM wants to reduce the population to within the AML, meaning that 73 percent of the burros in this area could be rounded up and removed!


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