Note to media: The Spring Creek Wild Horse Gather press conference has been moved to Friday, Sept. 16, between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
NORWOOD, Colo.— The Bureau of Land Management delayed the start of the Spring Creek Wild Horse Gather due to rain in the area. Officials anticipate the gather will begin on Friday, Sept. 16, and the public and media may call 970-882-6843 for information and updates regarding the gather schedule.
When the gather operations begin, the BLM staff will be onsite each day starting at 9 am. Observation days will continue throughout the gather, which is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Sept. 16 or Saturday, Sept. 17.
To get to the HMA, go to Norwood and west on Colorado Highway 145 to Colorado Highway 141. Go south on Highway 141 to County Road 19Q. Follow the signs to the gather site. Observers should plan to wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water. A map to the HMA is at http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/san_juan_public_lands/images0.Par.75055.File.dat.
BLM will gather approximately 60 wild horses in the Herd Management Area, which is a 21,932 acre area managed for a healthy wild horse herd that is in balance with other resources and uses. The current estimated population of wild horses in the HMA is about 90.
The appropriate management level identified for the population in this HMA is between 35 to 65 wild horses. Up to 10 of the captured adult horses will be released to maintain herd population within the established appropriate management level. The application of the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida will be administered to mares released back into the HMA.
About 25 of the wild horses gathered will be available for adoption through BLM’s wild horse and burro program. The adoption will be held at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds (30100 Hwy. 160) on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. in Cortez. Individuals interested in adopting a horse must meet corral and shelter requirements. These standards are at https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/requirements.php. The wild horses not adopted will be placed in long-term pastures.
The observation dates are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. For more information, contact Shannon Borders, BLM Public Affairs Specialist at 970-240-5399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and updates on the status of the gather will be posted at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/dplc/spring_creek_2011_gather.html.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.