The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in process of zeroing out the Centennial Herd Area (HA) in California. The agency states they can not manage burros in the area due to risks of vehicle collisions, interference with the naval base and “the unfeasibility of maintaining a wild burro population on BLM lands when removals would be conducted in adjacent jurisdictions.” This decision was made in the amendments to the 1980 California Conservation Area Plan in 1981 and 1983.
The agency simply does not recognize a “foaling season” for burros and the initial phase of this operation is being conducted using helicopters (the agency only recognizes a loose foaling season for wild horses from March 1- June 30 and helicopters are not used for capture during that time). The remainder of the burros and the wild horses that occupy the area (and surrounding areas) will be captured later in the year.
Our CAWP team has been pushing hard for a review and has sent in multiple proposed amendments including adding a foaling season for burros. (You can help with gaining action on the CAWP policy HERE)
The BLM plans to capture 300 burros beginning May 28. The burros will be sent to the Ridgecrest facility for processing (branding and vaccination) and burros are being shipped there direct from capture (no temporary holding site on range).
Stats as of May 30th: 93 wild burros have been captured with an unknown number of injuries and deaths.
Our team will attempt to gain all statistics for you at todays operation. As of today, we are the only org that has been out to the capture site.
Our CAWP team volunteer was about 1.5 miles from the trap location. The day began with rising at 3:30 and getting back to a room around 4. Distance and terrain make still images a bit blurry in the heat. Due to lack of time, video is still uploading and our editor will add video to our updates soon. Burro capture is often chaotic with helicopter and roping crews working at the same time.
Our team is onsite again today.
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