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Billings Field Office
Release Date: 05/28/09
Contacts: Jim Sparks , 406-896-5013  
  Mary Apple , 406-896-5258  

Agencies Issue Horse Range Decision

The BLM Billings Field Office and Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer National Forest have issued decisions for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range/Territory (PMWHR) Herd Management Area Plan and Environmental Assessment. 

The Billings Field Office, Custer National Forest, and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area are proposing a comprehensive approach to wild horse management in the PMWHR through a revision of the herd management area plan.  The current herd management area plan was adopted in 1984 and amended in 1992.  The environmental assessment is a site-specific analysis of impacts that could occur with the implementation of the proposed action or alternatives to the proposed action.  

The plan would re-establish the appropriate management level (AML) and is based on the February 2008 PMWHR Evaluation.  Under the proposed action, the AML would increase from the current 85-105 wild horses to a population range of 90-120 wild horses, excluding the current year’s foal crop. The plan proposes using a combination of population control techniques including gathers, fertility control, natural means, or a combination of prescriptions. The population would be managed at the high range of the AML when fertility control is utilized or natural management can maintain the AML. The proposed action would also involve development of several water sources, riparian protection and development, fuels reductions, integrated noxious weed treatment, range improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement, specific protections of sensitive plants, enhanced livestock trailing management, and reconstruction of the north boundary fence. 

For more information, contact Jared Bybee, BLM State Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, at (406) 896-5223.  The plan and EA are available online at  or you may request a hard copy by contacting the Billings Field Office at 406-896-5013.   

The 39,000-acre Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range straddles the Montana/Wyoming border 60 miles south of Billings on lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Forest Service. 

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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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