Ask Forest Service to Protect Nevada Burros
Comments Due by April 5, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is proposing to roundup and remove 45-74 burros, or more than 80 percent of the population, living in the Hickison Wild Burro Territory (WBT) near Austin, Nevada. The agency also intends to set an Allowable Management Level (AML) of just 16-45 burros for this area. The Hickison WBT is managed jointly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hickison Herd Management Area, and burros travel freely between the lands managed by both agencies, giving them a total of 110,000 acres. The proposed AML would establish a ratio of 1 burro per 2,444 acres. Both agencies allow cattle grazing on the public lands in question.
Nationally, the government estimates that just 5,800 wild burros survive on federal lands in the West today.
Please sign the petition below to endorse the scoping comments of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, calling on the FS to develop a better plan to protect this historic wild burro herd in central Nevada.
(Photo above by Mike Lorden.)
I endorse the comments of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) on the scoping for the Forest Service's (FS's) Plan for the Hickison Wild Burro Territory (WBT). With AWHPC, I urge the FS incorporate alternatives for this WBT that would:
1. Establish a more genetically viable Allowable Management Level for this WBT that would, at minimum, accommodate the present wild burro population (90 burros) living in this area.
2. Remove livestock not burros. Protect the range by reducing or eliminating cattle grazing in this WBT.
3. Keep wild burros within the WHT by repairing and restoring water sources to help the burros utilize the entire habitat.
4. Manage wild burros using minimally feasible methods. Burro experts have reported that these animals naturally self regulate in accordance with water availability. However, if necessary, utilize PZP fertility control to manage burros at a genetically-viable population level.
5. Prohibit helicopter roundups for any burros removed from this WBT.
It is estimated that only 5,800 wild burros remain in the United States, despite federal protections. I join AWHPC in urging you to protect the Hickison wild burros by adopting genetically-viable population levels and humane management techniques.
Thank you for your consideration.
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