BULLHEAD CITY — Three burros were killed early Wednesday when struck by a motorist on the Bullhead Parkway.
According to reports from the Bullhead City Police Department, the accident took place around 2 a.m. on the Parkway near Hillview Drive. The driver was not seriously injured.
Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said there have been numerous reports of burro activity recently, particularly on or near the Parkway and on or near Highway 68 north of Bullhead City.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the federally protected wild burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area, which includes Bullhead City, burros become more active in cooler weather.
BLM engaged in a collection of about 60 burros from Punto De Vista and Laughlin Ranch neighborhoods earlier this year.
More than 5,000 wild burros roam public lands in the state of Arizona. The BLM protects and manages wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. Because these animals have virtually no natural predators, their herd sizes can double every four or five years.
In a 2014 BLM census, more than 1,500 burros were estimated to be in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area. BLM’s “appropriate management level” is under 500 for the area.