BLM: Protect Largest U.S. Burro Herd!

Photo Courtesy of Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation

Wild burros in the United States are in crisis. The burros living in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona are the largest remaining herd in the U.S., representing approximately 20% of the wild burro population managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Black Mountain burros are historic and cherished by millions of Americans and international visitors who encounter them while driving along historic Route 66, especially in the old mining town of Oatman.
At 1.1 million acres, the Black Mountain HMA is one of the largest burro HMAs in the U.S. Historically, according to the BLM, burro numbers reached more than 2,000 in this area. However, in 1996, the BLM's Black Mountain Ecosystem Plan authorized livestock grazing in the area and established an "Allowable" Management Level (AML) for burros of just 382-478. Currently, the BLM estimates the number of burros in Black Mountain to be between 1,500 - 1,800 -- meaning that it remains a genetically viable and robust wild burro population. However, the BLM wants to reduce the population to within the AML, meaning that 73 percent of the burros in this area could be rounded up and removed!

Given the Black Mountain wild burro population's significance and popularity with the public, the BLM should designate this HMA as a National Wild Burro Range, in order to raise the number of burros allowed to live there and confer greater protections to these unique and cherished animals.  If you agree, please add your name below!


This petition has a goal of 15000 signatures
1-25 of 14377 signatures
Number Date Name Location
14377 2.3 years ago Herbert Staniek Vienna, ot
14376 2.7 years ago Petra Jones Sydney, ot
14375 2.7 years ago Jeffrey A Worline Oak Point, TX As a concerned citizen I believe that it is your duty to preserve these animals as it was established according to the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
14374 2.8 years ago Robert M/Carol G Reed Hardyville, VA
14373 2.9 years ago Ceri Falk Palos Verdes estates, CA Thank you!
14372 3 years ago debra aberegg golden valley, AZ
14371 3.1 years ago Stephanie Johanna Goldbach Berlin, NY
14370 3.1 years ago Debra Little Crossfield, AB
14369 3.2 years ago Ellen Reid Apache Junction, AZ
14367 3.2 years ago Debra Francis Willard, OH
14366 3.3 years ago Nancy Kustyn Wilmington, NC why cant we stop this and leave the wild alone. They deserve their freedom just as much as we all do
14365 3.3 years ago Barbara Hromada Pompano Beach, FL
14364 3.3 years ago Corinne Shea Berkeley, CA
14363 3.3 years ago Jo Johnson Tremonton, UT
14362 3.3 years ago Sue Thompson Nicholasville, KY The law was passed to protect these magnificent animals. What we need now is the government to enforce this protection and not be so concerned with giving ranchers access to the land for grazing cat...
14361 3.3 years ago Jan Hardman Johns Island, SC
14360 3.3 years ago Danette Zachary Lake Havasu City, AZ
14359 3.3 years ago Marianne Mantoen Pasadena, CA
14358 3.3 years ago Denise Romano Cleveland , OH It's about time that we protect these federally protected animals. It seems crazy that I even had to write that sentence. These animals are supposedly federally why does this contin...
14357 3.3 years ago Margery Johnston Norco, CA
14356 3.3 years ago Gerry Mulryan Castaic, CA
14355 3.3 years ago Donna Gephart Highland, CA
14354 3.3 years ago Rebecca Falk garden plain, KS The burro is part of the wild west. Please let them stay free.
14353 3.3 years ago Terry Graham San Mateo , CA
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Background Information: 

Location: The Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in the extreme northwestern corner of Arizona. The historic gold mining town of Oatman, Arizona lies in the center of the southern half of the HMA, giving visitors a glimpse of the area’s hustle and bustle history, along Historic Route 66. Located just 15 miles west of Kingman, the area parallels the eastern shoreline of the Colorado River for 80 miles, from Hoover Dam south to the Needles Bridge in California.
Size: As the largest HMA in Arizona, Black Mountain is some 1.1 million acres. The habitat is covered with Mojave Desert shrub and Grand Canyon Desert shrub vegetation communities.

History: Burros were first brought to the Black Mountains by miners and prospectors when gold was discovered in the early 1860s. Troopers stationed at nearby Fort Mojave, making up the California Volunteers, came up Silver Creek and fanned out through the foothills in search of gold. With them came their trusty pack burros. After gold was discovered, several mining booms followed. Eventually, of course, the gold ran dry and the miners moved on. The burros proved to be well-suited to the harsh, unforgiving climate and terrain of the Black Mountains. As they escaped captivity or were left behind, the burros continued to thrive.
Population: By the mid-1970s had reached more than 2,000 animals. Burros evolved in the deserts of North Africa and are exceptionally well adapted to hot, dry environments.
The Black Mountain Ecosystem Plan was signed in 1996, establishing livestock grazing in the area and an "Allowable" Management Level (AML) of 478 wild burros.

Additional: The BLM is proposing a roundup and removal of Black Mountain burros. AWHPC submitted comments on May 2, 2015 opposing this plan.

For great information on the wild burros of this area seeThe Cloud Foundation feature, Desert Wild