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BLM to use infrared to count wild burros ahead of roundup



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials are planning to use infrared equipment to count the number of wild burros in an elusive Utah herd ahead of a round-up set for next spring that's part of an in-depth study of the animals.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1I9Gsme) that the Bureau of Land Management will use body heat scanners to count the animals because they tend to scatter and blend into the landscape, making them tough to track.

After the count set for January, authorities are planning to round up the wild donkeys and remove some because the herd has grown too large for the drought-parched land near Green River.

The removal is part of a five-year study being done by the U.S. Geological Survey's science center in Colorado. The herd lives on a nearly 100,000-acre range about 200 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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