Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson met personally with BLM Director Neil Kornze in Wyoming last month. Watson said Kornze indicated that the agency realizes change is needed in the oversight of the nation’s wild horse and burro populations.
“They totally admit they’ve got a big problem. They intend to do something about it, but we don’t know exactly what yet,” Watson told supervisors during their June 6 meeting. “Currently they spend $60-million a year to store the current stockpile of animals in different states and they realize that those numbers will increase and double every five eyars.”
County supervisors and other area officials are concerned mostly about wandering burros and the public safety threat they present to motorists in areas around Lake Havasu and Bullhead City. They’ve also expressed worry that the rapidly expanding populations have detrimental impacts upon the ecosystem.