Black Mountain wild burros (photo: Marjorie Farabee)
by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Shooting our wild burros is not an option! (ACTION ALERT BELOW)
“District 5 Sup. Steve Moss is asking staff to contact the Bureau of Land Management to reduce the burro population to 817. One option is to seek legislation to allow state agencies to issue hunting permits to bring the population under control. Another option is to file a lawsuit against BLM.”
However, the fact is:
The Bullhead Parkway is in between the burros and the river, where the burros need to get water to survive.
Map showing that Bullhead Parkway is in between the burros and the river.
“Three burros were killed Dec. 27 in two separate incidents on the Bullhead Parkway. Both drivers were unhurt but their cars were heavily damaged. Another burro had to be euthanized after it collided with a car in February 2015, also on the Parkway. A herd of about nine burros have recently been seen on the Parkway grazing on the side of the road and in the center median.”
The title of the article below should read: Supervisors vex wild burros!
Let the Mohave County Supervisors know that the burros are important to preserve. Call them and politely explain why the burros should be protected. Provide solutions. Explain why the burros are important to protect. Let them know about alternatives such as overpasses and underpasses to get to the Colorado river. While these provisions are being built, they can provide stock tanks to keep the burros from crossing.
Those of you who live close to Kingman should go to this meeting and speak up for our burros. The few remaining wild burros need you NOW. Meeting Tuesday morning (1/19/16) at 9:30 a.m.
From the Mohave County Supervisor’s Agenda:
“Those wishing to address the Board at the Call to the Public regarding matters not on the Board agenda must fill out and submit to the Clerk a Call to the Public – Request to Speak Form located in the back of the room prior to the meeting. Action taken as a result of public comments will be limited to responding to criticism, referral to staff, or placing a matter on a future Agenda. Comments are restricted to items not on the Regular Agenda with the exception of the Consent Agenda, and must relate to matters within the jurisdiction of the Board.”
MOHAVE COUNTY SUPERVISOR BOARD: 700 West Beale Street Kingman, AZ 86402-7000
Clerk of the Board Ginny Anderson Telephone (928) 753-0731 FAX(928) 753-0732 TDD– (928) 753-0726
District 1 Gary Watson (928) 753-0722 District 2 Hildy Angius (928) 758-0713 District 3 Buster D. Johnson (928) 453-0724 District 4 Jean Bishop (928) 753-8618 District 5 Steven Moss (928) 758-0739 Kingman, Arizona 86402-7000 Website –www.mohavecounty.us
“The article, below, is unedited but please read with your eyes wide open as the numbers are skewed, again, and the bulk of the content is pure, unadulterated anti-burro propaganda. We need people at the meeting on the 19th!” ~ R.T.
Supervisor Steve Moss says he wants to force BLM into action to control burro herd numbers
Highway along Colorado river has NO wildlife underpass or crossing
Mohave CountyDistrict Supervisor Steve Moss is proposing hunting licenses to offset the over-abundant burro population in the area.
The Bureau of Land Management estimates there are between 1,400 and 1,800 burros in Mohave County, and supervisors said they want to see that number reduced to 817. This is still well above BLM’s recommendation of 478 burros for the region.
The proposal is on the agenda for Tuesday’s county supervisor meeting, but Moss said it was placed as a way to spark a reaction from the BLM.
“No one truly wants to hunt Burros, including the board of supervisors. And even if we did, neither the local nor state government has the power to issue permits,” Moss’s office said in a statement. “What we want is the BLM to come up with a solution, regardless of what it might be. We are hoping that the ‘shock’ value of the agenda item will motivate the BLM to direct the funding required towards adoption, sterilization, removal and relocation, fencing, etc. programs.”
Moss said if the BLM does not take long-term action to control the burro population, the county will pursue legal action against the Bureau for not carrying out its statutory duties outlined in The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
“With that law, the federal government tied our hands as far as what we could do to control the burro population and gave the authority over to the BLM,” Moss said. “The legislation says it’s the BLM’s responsibility to control the burro herds but they’ve broken that promise and they’re not taking care of it.”
BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan said efforts to manage burro numbers have already been enacted, but it takes time to find the right solution.
“The situation [in Mohave County] has had our attention for a while and I think that with our toolkit and with our partnerships we’re trying to find a balanced approach to manage these animals,” Barangan said.
The BLM routinely rounds up wild burros for its Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro Program, and is currently conducting an environmental analysis to study the feasibility of antifertility inoculations.
“We’re working with some partners on a trial run on some fertility treatments of animals, but that hasn’t been set in stone yet,” Barangan said.
Still, Moss remains unimpressed with the BLM’s “token efforts” to control the burro population in the wake of numerous motorcycle and vehicle accidents involving burros.
“It’s only a matter of time until a burro goes through someone’s windshield and kills a family,” Moss said.
The BLM has placed fencing along Mohave County highways to dissuade burros from wandering into traffic, but the county still has the largest burro herd in the U.S., which is running out of space to roam.
“There is plenty of BLM land they can relocate the burros to,” Moss said. “I hope the BLM does that, or anything else, to get the local numbers under control as the current population is out of whack from what the habitat can support and is threatening public safety as the numbers are forcing the Burros to expand their range into Bullhead City and occupied subdivisions.”
The meeting will be held at the County Administration Building in Kingman on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)