- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Mohave County officials plan to hand-deliver a resolution asking federal authorities to reduce the burro population in the Black Mountain Management Area in northwestern Arizona.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to write a letter supporting the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s resolution calling for the reduction of the burro population from 1,800 to 478.

Supervisors Steve Moss and Hildy Angius will travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a meeting with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Sen. John McCain, whose office arranged the meeting.

Moss had proposed allowing burro hunting as a way to control the population. He says the proposal, which has been shelved, was aimed at shocking the BLM into action.

“It worked, people noticed and now we have a seat at the table,” Moss said.

Burros are not native to the area and can compete with other wildlife for food and water. Moss said burros have also caused 36 traffic accidents in Bullhead City and are becoming a public safety hazard.

“It’s not just Bullhead City. It’s all along the Colorado River, north of Lake Havasu into La Paz and Yuma counties,” Moss said.

The BLM is conducting an environmental study on the effects of burro sterilization, but their only option for reducing heard size is relocation and adoption measures. BLM District Manager Roxie Trost previously told supervisors more than 130 burros have been removed from the Black Mountain area and more than 300 have been removed statewide.

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