Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
News and Information
- BLM Releases Preliminary Environmental Assessment for Proposed 2012 Non-Helicopter Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Gather
About the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
Montana is home to only one herd of wild horses, located in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings along the Montana-Wyoming border. There are no wild horse herds in the Dakotas.
For more than a century, the Pryor Mountains have been home to free-roaming bands of wild horses. In 1968, Interior Secretary Stewart Udall set aside 31,000 acres in the Pryor Mountains as a public range for the wild horses living there. Subsequent to Udall's order, the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971 allowed for expansion of the range to areas where horses were "presently found."
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is unique in both its setting and for the wild horses that inhabit it. Many of the horses have primitive striping on their backs, withers and legs, and are reputed to be descendents of "colonial" Spanish horses.
Learn more about the national wild horse and burro program following this link.
A Message from BLM Director Bob Abbey
The Bureau of Land Management’s top priority is to ensure the health of the public lands so that the species depending on them – including the nation’s wild horses and burros – can thrive. To achieve that end, the BLM’s wild horse and burro program must be put on a sustainable course that benefits the animals, the land, and the American taxpayer. More »