Caution: Burros crossing Highway 95
The Yuma Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management urges caution when driving on Highway 95, especially between mileposts 65 and 75.
According to the BLM, wild burros normally live along the Colorado River during the summer months because of the water source but during the winter months spend more time inland, searching for vegetation.
“The burros usually stay on the west side of Highway 95 during the winter months,” said wild horse and burro specialist John Hall. “Because there is so much vegetation for the burros on the east side of Highway 95 right now, the burros are crossing the highway to get to their food.”
“During the last couple of weeks, there have been numerous traffic accidents associated with wild burros in that area,” 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.”
The BLM Yuma Field Office is planning a wild horse and burro adoption March 23-25 and also proposing to gather 400 wild burros in April. The environmental assessment for the burro gather should be available for public comment within the next couple of weeks.
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