Aerial Survey Of Wild Burros In North Valley To Be Conducted Today

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Geological Survey will partner on an aerial survey of wild burros in and near the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area beginning June 19.

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Residents and recreationists in the North Valley area may see or hear a small, low-flying aircraft near Lake Pleasant and in areas east of I-17 between Anthem and Black Canyon City, south of Carefree Highway and the Loop 303 freeway; and west to areas near Morristown and Wickenburg.

“The main goal of these efforts is to ensure healthy ecosystems along with a safe environment for the public, employees, and public land users. Limiting the number of animal encounters with people and motor vehicles through better management of wild burro populations in our state can help achieve this goal,” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas.

The survey is part of ongoing research studies to collect information to guide future management of wild burros in Arizona. These studies are part of vital partnership efforts between the BLM and state agencies to address the issue of overpopulation of wild burros in the state.

The aerial survey may take up to six days, during which the agencies will work to record the number and location of burros observed along pre-designated flight paths. Related to this survey, the AGFD is also embarking on a three-year study to evaluate the effects of burros on Arizona’s wildlife and their habitat. Information gained will further help inform the BLM’s management of wild burros in herd management areas.

1 Comment on "Aerial Survey Of Wild Burros In North Valley To Be Conducted Today"

  1. Jose Dominguez Gonarhea-Sanchez | June 19, 2017 at 8:04 am |

    In the late 60’s and early 70’s as a child, I recall the burro that hung out at the sunset point rest stop on the Westside of I-17.
    Everyone fed him as he wondered around from car to car working the crowd, over time his diet changed from apples to candy bars, if I recall correctly PayDays were the favorite. Rumor had it a Phoenix vet came up and did some badly needed dental work on him at some point.
    As time changed and moved on, I stopped there with my own children, sadly no burros where to be found at the rest stop. His presence only lingers in my memory and those who were fortunate enough to see or interact him in those days.

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