The BLM’s Cibola-Trigo burro roundup in southwestern Arizona began at 7:30 a.m. on June 6,2012. On the first day, the BLM captured 62 burros in 4 helicopter runs. Included were a number of foals. On day 2, the BLM captured 12 additional burros before calling the roundup in the late morning. Day 3: BLM reporting the capture 36 additional burros for a total of 110 burros captured as of 6/8/12.
The capture operation aims to remove 350 wild burros living in this remote region of the southern Sonora desert. Although BLM claims that burros are overgrazing, burro experts have stated that these animals regulate their population numbers in accordance with water availability. One wild burro population studied in the Mojave Desert showed a 7 percent reproduction rate — a far cry from the 15-25 percent rate of increase claimed by the BLM.
Media Coverage of Arizona Burro RoundupBLM rounds up burros despite heat objections, Yuma Sun
Animal advocates outraged over burro roundup, Tucson News Now
BLM burro roundup in Arizona starts amid criticism, My Fox Phoenix
burro roundup starts amid criticism KPNX12/AP
News Releases On Burro Roundup
Today: BLM Roundup of Historic Arizona Burros to Begin Amid Congressional and Expert Opposition
AWHPC, Citing Experts, Urges BLM to Halt Massive Arizona Burro Roundup in High Desert Heat
More information on Burro Roundup
AWHPC Letter to the BLM
Representative Grijalva’s letter to the BLM
Dr. Michael Hutchison letter to the BLM
Dr. Jennifer Garretson letter to the BLM