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Aerial Survey Recording Burro Population In Northwest Phoenix Area

Starting Monday, residents in the far northwest Valley may see or hear a small, low-flying aircraft near Lake Pleasant.  The flights are part of a federal and state effort to count wild burros.

The aerial survey may take up to six days, during which the agencies will work to record the number and location of burros observed along pre-designated flight paths. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is also embarking on a three-year study to evaluate the effects of burros on Arizona’s wildlife and their habitat.

The studies are part of partnership efforts between the Bureau of Land Management and state agencies to address the issue of overpopulation of wild burros in the state.

Other areas north of the Valley from Anthem to Black Canyon City and west to Wickenburg are also being surveyed.

Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.