Target: Bureau of Land Management State Director Raymond Suazo
Goal: Protect Arizona’s burros from being hauled away from their home by designating a National Wild Burro Range.
The Black Mountain burro has built a large and genetically diverse population in Arizona, but The Bureau of Land Management wants to remove up to 75 percent of the animals and send them to new place, breaking up many of their families and communities. Creating a National Wild Burro Range is the best way to keep this herd together.
The burros have been a staple of the area, as many tourists see them as they drive along the famous Route 66. This particular herd is the largest in the U.S. and represents 20 percent of the overall population managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Since the Bureau of Land Management allowed livestock grazing in 1996 they’ve established an allowable management level for burros at just 478. The current population ranges from around 1,500-1,800. In order for the burros to be protected and have their habitat respected, their area should be considered a National Wild Burro Range. This way, the range of allowed burros is raised, allowing them to stay in the place where they feel most comfortable and safe.
This would be a fitting solution since this is such a large herd, and they are a beloved staple in the area to both tourists and locals. But most of all this would prevent many of the communities in the population from the risk of being torn apart, not to mention the heartbreak of being taken from their home.
Sign this petition to help the Arizona Black Mountain burros stay right where they are by making their habitat a National Range.
Dear Director Raymond Suazo,
It is very important that you grant the Black Mountain burro a National Wild Range so that they may keep their lifelong homes and continue to flourish.
As their population continues to grow, it seems that your agency would like to displace up to 75 percent of the animals. This could potentially injure the herd in travel and be costly. After all, this is the largest herd managed by your department.
By letting the animals remain where they are, you ensure that their population keeps a diverse gene pool, the animals live and grow naturally in the surroundings they are comfortable in, and that many of the families and communities in the population do not get torn apart as a result of being moved.
Please make a National Wild Burro Range so that these animals can continue live happily in the great state of Arizona.
[Your Name Here]
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