BLM feels heat over burro roundup

June 07, 2012

The federal government is feeling pressure from animal activists and Congressman Raul Grijalva over its wild burro roundup in Southern Arizona.

Baby burro A wild burro north of Artillery Peak in Alamo Herd Management Area of Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management)

The Bureau of Land Management started the roundup Wednesday in the desert near Yuma. Grijalva and other groups have said it’s too hot for the animals. The BLM is trying to capture 350 wild burros, and the agency says it will stop the operation if temperatures exceed 95 degrees.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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