The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to remove 100 burros from their homes in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Arizona, about 20 miles north of Yuma, in the next few weeks. The government claims that the one million-acre HMA can only sustain 165 burros (and 150 wild horses). The BLM estimates the current burro population in this HMA to be 276, but the estimate is not based on an actual count, rather on a mathematical model that is based on a six-year old population estimate.
The proposed roundup is unnecessary and inhumane. Helicopters will chase the burros at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour over distances of up to four miles in temperatures as hot as 105 degrees. The devastating terror and trauma caused by these helicopter roundups was on full display in the BLM's recent roundup in northwestern Nevada, in which 86 horses have died to date, including small foals who were forced to run so hard and long their hooves fell off, and 40 pregnant mares spontaneously aborted.
Please complete the form below by May 5 to submit comments opposing the proposal to remove 100 wild burros living in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area in Arizona.
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- President Barack Obama
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