LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is rounding up wild burros that have taken up residence in the Blue Diamond community near Red Rock National Conservation Area.

The BLM says it will use a bait trap at the community baseball field to corral the animals. The corral and hay will be removed at night so the field can be used.

About 30 burros will be rounded up in the gather that will last throught the week.

Officials say removing the animals is necessary because they pose a safety hazard along State Route 159 and cause property damage in Blue Diamond.

Since October 2010, at least 13 burros were killed or had to be destroyed because of collisions with vehicles.

The burros will be put up for adoption.


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