Goal of Roundup:
The BLM plans to gather and remove an estimated 480 wild horses for placement in the adoption program or long-term pastures. An estimated 50 studs of the captured wild horses from the Confusion Mountain HMA will be returned to the range to adjust the sex ratio and slow population growth. Up to 30 of the Conger Mountain HMA wild horses will be released (about 20 studs of the captured wild horses will be returned to the range to adjust the sex ratio and slow population growth and about 10 mares will be treated with fertility control and returned to the range). This will bring the population of horses to appropriate management levels established through the Warm Springs and House Range Resource Management Plans.
Details of the Roundup:
The Bureau of Land Management plans to begin gathering excess wild horses from the Conger Complex Herd Management Area (HMA) near Garrison, Utah, on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Conger Complex HMA consists of the Conger and Confusion Mountain HMAs.
Members of the public are welcome to view operations once they begin. Those interested in participating in an escorted tour must meet at 6 a.m. MST at the Border Inn located in Baker, NV on the Utah-Nevada border on U.S. Highway 6 and 50.
Participants must provide their own high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress in muted colors for harsh field conditions, ranging from cool morning temperatures to warm weather in the late afternoon. Binoculars are strongly recommended.
BLM is planning to provide public observation of gather operations daily so long as the safety of the animals, staff, and observers is not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
Animals removed during the Conger gather will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. To learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
For BLM news releases and statements issued about the Conger Complex gather, check our Newsroom.
The Confusion Mountain HMA is located in Juab and Millard Counties 30 miles north of Garrison, Utah, and encompasses approximately 293,000 acres, with a current population estimated at 368 wild horses (based on a Feb. 2010 population inventory). The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Confusion Mountain HMA has been established at 70-115 wild horses. This means that 250 horses will need to be removed during the gather to achieve AML.
The Conger HMA is located in Millard County 20 miles northeast of Garrison, Utah, and encompasses approximately 170,000 acres, with a current population estimated at 291 wild horses (based on a Feb. 2010 population inventory). The AML for the Conger HMA has been established at 40-80 wild horses. This means that 230 horses will need to be removed during the gather to achieve AML.
AML is determined through land-use planning efforts that involve public participation, vegetation inventories and allocation of forage in terms of animal unit months; the BLM determines the appropriate number of wild horses and burros that each Herd Management Area can support in balance with other uses of and resources on public land. Planning efforts include an inventory and the monitoring of all uses of the public rangelands.
The wild horses gathered within the Confusion HMA are being transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility. The facility is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and closed on weekends. The wild horses gathered within the Conger HMA are being transported to the Delta Wild Horse Corrals. The corrals will be open to the public once the gather is complete, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and closed on weekends.
The gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Conger Mountain Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan Final Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA and the Decision Record are posted on the BLM website at www.blm.gov/ut. The BLM also will provide updates and information at the same web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.