Mohave County District 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.


(24) comments


Please vote Steve Moss out of office. PLEASE PLEASE

There is a reason he was not voted in as a judge, I cannot believe people put this guy in charge,

Sheryl Alvis

I propose, that the burro hunt be dismissed and a planned Steve Moss hunt take its place. I'm sure the funds generated through permit sales, would more than take care of financing adoption events for the Burros or atleast get an A-hole out of office.

Time To Speak

That you tube video is SICKENING! That pilot and helpers need to have that done to them! We moved in on the Burros land! Leave them alone and get over this BS, To those that say Boo who they come in to my yard and eat my plants! Get a fence!
For gods sake these are not killer attack animals! Let them be, and they can enjoy our back yard anytime they want!

Louie C

OpEd by Marjorie Farabee ~Director of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation
May 1, 2015

The burros have never had it easy with our government agencies. The fox is guarding the hen house when it comes to protections for this nation’s icons of our pioneering past. They are symbols of our culture and living natural icons of our pioneering history. Yet, our own governmental agency which is tasked with protecting our wild burros and horses, because of this important connection to our past, is cavalierly managing them to extinction without remorse.

The Black Mountain HMA is presently 1.1 million acres, but if developers of wind, gas, and agriculture have their way this HMA will soon be reduced and all the wildlife living on it will suffer. In the BLM count of 2013 the burro population came to just over 700 animals, yet they would have us believe that the population has grown to a whopping 1600-1800 burros in one short year and a half. This means even the jacks are having twins and they are all immortal.

Recently, Simone Netherlands, representing Respect4Horses (R4H), and myself, representing Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), joined up to attend both scoping meetings being held by the BLM in Kingman and Bullhead City, AZ. The BLM’s presentation of damage caused by wild burros was lacking in scientific data or actual observation from reputable studies. They simply showed a photo zeroed in on a small area that would have some plants which were grazed or damaged. This was their “proof” that wild burros were damaging the desert. When the HMA was set up in 1974 there were over 2000 burros living easily on this land. Now, the number allowed has been reduced to a mere 478 burros for this vast HMA. Meanwhile cattle are grazed with well over 5000 acknowledged as grazing on the land. At the scoping meetings held by the BLM at both Bullhead City and Kingman the public was told the entire HMA was degraded by burros. Of course, no cattle were mentioned as being detrimental. In fact, I had to pry an acknowledgement that cattle were even present on the HMA out of the BLM representative. Roger Oyler then answered questions I had about the mapping. He confirmed that the ruling in WY concerning wild horses on checkerboard land gave them the right to remove the checker boarded areas from the Black Mountain HMA. He further explained the yellow area west of Kingman, called Golden Valley, will also be taken from the HMA. Neither he nor Chad Benson would give us the targeted number of burros in their sites for removal from the Black Mountain HMA.

At these meetings the public was not allowed to ask questions in an open forum. We were asked to walk up to individual representatives of the BLM and ask our questions privately thus denying the attending public access to the concerns raised by the question, or the answers provided. The public would have been saddened to learn that the BLM is planning to not only reduce the number of wild burros by an unspecified amount, they are planning to reduce the size of the HMA as well.

Another issue brought up was the burros crossing 95 in Bullhead City. The area where they are crossing is still legally a part of the Black Mountain HA and provides direct access to the Colorado River which is an important water source for the burros and all other wildlife in the area. (That 10-mile strip is STILL legally designated (by 1971 Congress) for wild horses and burro. It is still HA (Herd Area) land. “Wild horses and burros are supposed to be treated as “components of the public lands”. 16 U.S.C. § 1333(a) The law is clear that “wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death” and entitled to roam free on public lands where they were living at the time the Act was passed in 1971. 16 U.S.C. § 1331 These legally protected areas are known as “herd areas,” and are defined as “the geographic area identified as having been used by a herd as its habitat in 1971.” 43 C.F.R. § 4700.0-5(d).” - Animal Law Coalition (available online) Rather than provide passage over or under the HWY they have decided to zero out the burros in the area. These provisions could have been made when the roadways were under construction. Now, resulting collisions with burros are providing an excuse for their removal from the area. Moreover, “There is no authority for BLM’s “herd management areas” under WFRHBA. The BLM has authorized itself to divide herd areas into “herd management areas“, something not authorized by WFRHBA. 43 CFR 4710.3-1. In this way, with no statutory authority at all, BLM has limited wild horses and burros’ access to thousands of acres that were historically their herd areas. This is done without thought about the horses’ seasonal migration patterns or available resources. The BLM then removes wild horses and burros from the artificially created “herd management areas” on the basis there is insufficient forage, water or habitat! BLM also targets them for removal if they cross the artificial boundaries into their original herd areas.” Animal Law Coalition (available online)

As we delve deeper into the reasons for the inflated new burro numbers and safety accusations toward the burros we are finding reports about wind development with several projects in the works and others moving through the approval process. Other contributors are proposed agricultural development which along with wind development will further deplete already depleted water resources. It is important to note, that the Black Mountain HMA boasts the largest population of bighorn sheep in the nation. In fact, it is well documented that the hunting clubs have long wanted burros removed from habitat where bighorn sheep reside, citing resource conflicts as their reason for wanting them removed.

As we traveled hundreds of miles through the Black Mountain HMA exploring, what we saw was a beautiful desert full of life and forage. Burros were scarce, but friends in the area will continue to dig into the fitness of the range for me while WHFF continues its investigation into the real reason large sections of the HMA are about to be stripped away from these mountain canaries. What a lovely song I heard as I stayed during the night listening to the burros call each other through the mountains.
Each voice was different and ethereal as the sound echoed through the mountain. It was magical. It saddens me to know that their song may soon be quiet and never heard again if special interests get their way. My history and culture are worth fighting for, and these burros deserve to be considered as a part of these lands now and forever more. They earned it.

Thank you for helping the burros stay free!

Louie C

This area was part of their original Black Mountain Herd Management Area, and it was taken from them when a whole three mile wide section running down the bank of the river was carved away. The land, that was once set aside for the principal use by our wild horses and burros, means the burros needs should have been included in all city planning... The knowledge that they were building where protected wild burros live should have made the burro’s access to water an imperative.


We've had a lot of problems with burros in the Topock area, they come in to Golden Shore at night a eat any vegetation they can reach in front of our homes. They so bold I've found them on my porch in the evenings! Instead of asking for a beer they have eaten all the flowers and destroyed two of my barrel cactus. In return they deposited some road apples. Clearly there's not enough vegetation in the dessert that they're coming in to feed and become a road hazard. I've Been out here for 11 years and last year was the first time that me and the neighbors have had a problem. Something needs to happen.[unsure]

Louie C

Wild Burro hit and knocked over by helicopter
Wild Burro picked up by the ears, kicked and beaten

Louie C

BLM Wild Burro Roundup in 2012
Two arrested during BLM burro roundup
Posted: Jun 14, 2012…
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)
Two people were arrested during a burro roundup taking place in the Cibola Trigo herd management area, 20 miles outside of Yuma.
An independent journalist and a woman in her 70’s who was observing the event were taken into custody by BLM officials.
It happened on Sunday afternoon. Here is a statement about the incident released to Tucson News Now by a BLM spokeswoman from the Arizona state office.
Carl Mrozek spoke to Tucson News Now about the arrest. Mrozek was there to film a documentary about burros. It started out as in interest in the animal, but the interest
grew as he observed roundups taking place throughout the country, and noticed
the numbers of burros out in the wild rapidly declining.
A video Mrozek shot in 2009 in the California desert raised a public outcry. The video
showed a contracted BLM pilot chasing a burro in the desert, causing it to collapse.

Mrozek said their view was obstructed by a line of trucks. He noticed an older woman step around the line to get a closer look at the action, when BLM officials approached her and took her into custody.
He started filming the arrest. That’s when Mrozek said two BLM officials approached him and asked him to speak to them.
Mrozek said they suddenly jumped on him and started putting hand cuffs on him.
“A couple of them seized my arms, it seemed like they wanted to break my arms,” said Mrozek.
He kept asking them if he was being arrested. He said the men said they did not know, and told him to “just relax.”
“I felt like the burro. I had no rights. I was under the control of the posse of
men with machines and guns. I felt like one of the burros,” said Mrozek.
He said the officials then put him in the back of a pick-up truck, he was crouched in a
back seat with his hands still cuffed behind his back.
Mrozek said he sat there for a long time. He says it was over an hour, when he started to feel hot and faint.
“I started feeling light headed and fainted. At one point when I woke up I had
trouble breathing. My circulation was bad. It was 103 degrees outside, we were parked in the sun for over an hour. It was unpleasant, very unpleasant.
Mrozek said he had to be taken to the hospital, where he was given fluids and treated for heat exhaustion.
Mrozek said BLM officials returned his camera to him, but he noticed his microchip and all of the footage he had shot that day was missing.
The footage included video of the roundup from Sunday, along with video of the
arrest and confrontation with BLM officials.

Marsha Ann

That is exactly what my last comment concerned.. Now the BLM has resorted to harming concerned individuals!!! What kind of people are employed to harm elderly people...

Cheryl Bowe

The numbers they are using are skewed.
An FOIA requesting the information they obtained during their aerial count was done, and the results were less than 100 burros observed and documented by the live observers and the cameras. From this number they extrapolated 1800. In other words, they made the number up. This is a million acre HMA, why is there not room for more burros than 478?

They have been irresponsible from the beginning. ...Action should have been taken when the infrastructure was planned. ......They were well aware of the presence of the protected burro when they built 95 and the Bullhead Parkway..... yet, they irresponsibly did not provide wildlife corridors to the river for animals to drink. The river runs through a desert where access to water should been seen as a responsible measure to take to offer safety to the citizens and the wildlife that would predictably need to cross roads to get to it.
Action should be taken now to provide wildlife corridors.


I feel this is so wrong .The burros are part of the western culture and tourism. This all ties in with the BLM and the militias stand against the BLM and their bad policies and bullying of the public they are supposed to serve. Maybe this would be be a good issue for the militias to get involved in.Hope they are watching this issue.

Louie C

Shooting our wild burros is not an option! Scoping document created by Marjorie Farabee and Grandma Gregg
From their agenda: Call to Public (how to make a comment at the meeting)
"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."

Those of you who live close to Kingman should go to this meeting and speak up for our burros. They need you now. Meeting Tuesday morning 9:30 1/19/16


I live in Pinal County ty but spend a lot of time in Havasu. I am appalled that somebody would even try to pass a bill of this kind. There are so many better options if our politicians would just use their heads.

Louie C


Marsha Ann

I have heard of a lot of really crazy ideas having to do with our wildlife, but this one wins!! I cannot imagine that now anyone could imagine anything as cruel as sending out a bunch of people to hunt these innocent, harmless burros! They harm no one, the are beneficial to the ecological system, they are gentle.. Work on a method such as PZP, and leave them in their natural environment! What excites tourists and photographers to visit areas of the country is the wildlife!
This country is becoming the cruelest country on this planet!

Charles R M

Supervisor Moss has a cowardly solution to the problem. I voted for him before, but not this next election. Hunting down defenseless burros and shooting them because there are too many is a typical knee jerk reaction. Let's offer the burros a carrot and when they get close, give them a stick ---a shot from the barrel of a rifle. I am a Republican conservative who lives in his district, but Moss' idea is totally unacceptable to me and many others.


I live in Pinal county. We had to save the horses and now I will fight for the burro's. I agree with you


What you have are a few burros getting onto BHC's express way. That's not a reason to call for a full blown round up of 1000 burros over all of Mohave County, the largest county in the state. We had the same problem on Hwy 95 in Havasu, the new fence has helped greatly. In the area of the highway crossings a small number of burros were trapped and removed. Again, no major round up over the entire country required. The supervisors are overreacting. Yes, the burros need to be protected from getting onto the express way and highways, no one wants to see them getting hit by cars. BLM usually inflates population numbers since they haven't done an actual 'inventory' in who knows how long of any burro or horse herd on public lands, even though it's required by law every 2 years I believe. So these numbers they toss around are just numbers, not fact.

mike floyd

are you sayin that the blm are a buncha lyin sacks that will over reach their authority?heavens! who ever heard of such a thing? oh wait; there's nevada and oregon.

Marsha Ann

Did I read that one of the BLM men kicked and harmed a burro that was captured??? If so he should be charged with cruelty to animals.. What kind of people have to harm a frightened innocent animal already captured!!!! What are we a third world country??? Oops, maybe we are at that because of people like that!


I think it is wrong to have a hunting season for these burros....I have lived in Mohave county for 1 year-6 mos I have not seen one.... find other humane solutions.


Why show a picture of parker dam area in san bernardino county in CA? If the burro problem is so bad then surely a pic within mohave county could have been used. I don't see the burro problem being that bad & if people were to follow traffic laws, the risk of an accident would greatly diminish.

mike floyd

should a wealthy political donor desire to place a solar farm out there those burros would be gone forthwith. otherwise all you will get is govt-speak for doing nothing.

Marsha Ann

I agree.. And if they keep removing our wildlife that promote and help the ecological system by spreading seeds in their manure, there will be nothing but a wasteland soon..

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