220px-John_McCain_official_portrait_2009U.S. Senator John McCain has issued a statement regarding Tuesday’s meeting in Washington D.C. involving wild burro management concerns. Mohave County supervisors Hildy Angius and Steve Moss also attended the session.

“I am very pleased that following the meeting today with County Supervisors from Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma Counties as well as the Arizona Game and Fish Department that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed to review the Department’s proposal which calls for an Arizona partnership between state agencies and BLM to more effectively manage the overpopulation of wild burros, which are threatening public safety and damaging property in communities across our state,” McCain said. “I look forward to BLM’s review of the proposal. I also believe it’s time that Congress hold a hearing to examine the rapid growth of burro populations in Arizona. I look forward to continuing this conversation until a sustainable, long-term solution is agreed upon.”

Officials in western Arizona are asking that the BLM be directed to reduce the wild burro population. The destructive grazing habits of the animals and the public safety threat presented by burro-vehicle collisions are primary concerns.