U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
|Release Date: 02/10/12|
BLM begins Cedar Mountain and Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Gather
Salt Lake City, Utah— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District, Salt Lake Field Office will begin the Cedar Mountain and Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs) wild horse gathers on or about Saturday, February 18, 2012.
The BLM is planning on gathering an estimated 469 wild horses from the Cedar Mountain and Onaqui Mountain HMAs for treatment of the fertility control drug Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22). There will be limited removal of approximately 79 horses that will be placed in the adoption program or long-term pasture facilities. An estimated 130 mares of the captured wild horses from the Cedar Mountain HMA will be treated and returned to the range with an estimated 131 Studs. Onaqui Mountain HMA will have an estimated 64 mares treated and released with an estimated 65 Studs. This will bring down and maintain the population of horses to appropriate management levels established through the Pony Express Resource Management Plan.
Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations daily once they begin, so long as the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted. During the gather, interested public may participate in an escorted tour by meeting at the Flying J Truck Stop in Lake Point, Utah ready to leave at 5:30 a.m. sharp. The dates and departure times are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. The public is strongly encouraged to check the gather hotline nightly (801) 977-4341 for changes in schedule. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress for harsh field conditions. Binoculars as well as four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
The Cedar Mountain HMA is located in Tooele County 50 miles west of Tooele, Utah, and encompasses approximately 197,252 acres, with a current population estimated at 362 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Cedar Mountain HMA has been established at 190-390 wild horses.
The Onaqui HMA is located in Tooele County 60 miles southwest of Tooele, Utah, and encompasses approximately 206,795 acres, with a current population estimated at 159 wild horses. The AML for the Onaqui Mountain HMA has been established at 121-210 wild horses.
Updates and information will be available at: http://www.blm.gov/ut on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
The EA, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record are posted on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html.
To learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html
For information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435) 979-2838
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.
Utah State Office 440 West 200 South, Suite 500 SLC, UT 84101-1345
|Last updated: 02-24-2012|
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