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Quartzsite, Arizona

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BLM cautions drivers-watch for burros Hwy 95 south of Quartzsite

Use Caution When Traveling on Highway 95

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office continues to ask the public to use caution when traveling on Highway 95 between Yuma and Quartzsite, especially between Mile Posts 45 - 65.

“Recently, there have been several traffic accidents associated with wild burros along Highway 95 and five burros were killed in one accident this morning,” said BLM Yuma Field Manager John MacDonald.  “We are very concerned about the safety of the traveling public and also the burros that roam in the area.  Please be extra careful when you drive through that stretch of the road after dark.” 

“The wild burros normally live along the Colorado River during the summer months because of the water source; however, because of the recent rains, they are crossing Highway 95 to get to their food and water,” stated Wild Horse and Burro Specialist John Hall.  

The BLM Yuma Field Office completed a wild burro gather in June, gathering 350 wild burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) north of Yuma, Arizona.  “We estimate there are still approximately 350 burros left in the HMA,” said Hall.  “Our appropriate management level for wild burros in the HMA is 165.”

For more information, please call John Hall at 928-317-3202 or Lori Cook at 928-317-3243.


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