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Release Date: 09/09/09
Contacts: Greg Albright 406-896-5260    

Gather of Pryor Mountain Wild Horses Concluded

BRITTON SPRINGS, Wyo.--The Bureau of Land Management has concluded the gather of wild horses from the Pryor Mountains that began last Thursday.

Qualified members of the public will have the opportunity to adopt 57 of the horses on September 26 at Britton Springs north of Lovell, Wyo. Three of the mares to be adopted have foals that will remain with them. Most of the rest of the 146 horses that were gathered and evaluated have already been released back onto the horse range.

Roads within the horse range that had been temporarily closed are once again open. The Britton Springs administrative site will remain closed; however, beginning this Saturday and continuing daily except Sundays until September 25, public wishing to view the horses slated for adoption may do so at 11 a.m. sharp each day at the Britton Springs corrals. There is not staffing available for viewing at other times.

The horses being retained for adoption were vaccinated, wormed, and freeze branded at the corrals. The BLM collected a hair sample for genetic testing of all the horses returned to the range. Most mares returned to the range received a fertility control injection. 

In order to maintain a balance between the horse population and the resources available, BLM removes horses from the range and makes them available for adoption from time to time. 

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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