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Project: Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas Wild Horse Gather

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Three Rivers
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-B050-2011-0006-EA  FONSI/Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 5/04/2011
Summary: Having considered the Proposed Action, No Action, other alternatives and associated impacts and based on analysis in DOI-BLM-OR-B050-2011-0006-EA, it is my decision to implement the capture and removal of excess wild horses in the HMAs as described in the Proposed Action. Pursuant to Title 43 of the CFR at 4770.3(c), the Kiger and Riddle Mountain HMAs 2011 gather will be approved for implementation following a 30-day appeal period, provided no stays are granted. Gather operations will begin on or about July 2011, and last until management objectives are attained.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 5/04/2011
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 6/03/2011
Contact: Burns District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 573-4400
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-B050-2011-0006-EA  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 3/14/2011
Summary: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to gather approximately 210 and remove approximately 120 excess wild horses from within and outside the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs) beginning about July 2011. Of the animals released post-gather, about 38 head would be mares, 38 would be studs, and 8 would be geldings. The released animals would be selected to slightly adjust sex ratios in favor of males in order to slow population growth and to maintain a diverse age structure, with Dun color characteristics and good saddle-type horse conformation (body type). The current policy calls for the use of the contraceptive, Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP), where the post-gather population exceeds approximately 50 head or the annual growth rate exceeds 5 percent. This policy was implemented to reduce the frequency of gathers and the number of horses in long-term pasture. The "Kiger" horses, as they are commonly known, have had an almost 100 percent adoption rate since 1986. The respective herd sizes are 33 head for Riddle HMA and 51 for the Kiger HMA. Due to the small herd size, popularity, and adoptability, PZP contraceptives will not be considered for these herds.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Burns District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 573-4400
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses