Goal of Roundup:
The BLM is planning on gathering an estimated 166 wild horses from the Frisco HMA with 62 being released back onto the range following the gather. Approximately 31 mares will be treated with the fertility control drug Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22); the remainder of the released horses will be studs. Approximately 104 excess wild horses, including wild horses gathered that are residing outside the HMA boundary, will be removed. Animals removed from the Frisco HMA will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Details of the Roundup:
Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations 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 KB Express Convenience Store/Subway at 238 South Main in Milford, Utah ready to leave at 6:00 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 435-865-3030 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.
For BLM news releases and statements issued about the Cedar Mountain and Onaqui gathers, check our Newsroom.
The Frisco HMA is located in Beaver and Millard County 15 miles northwest of Milford, Utah, and encompasses approximately 60,367 acres, with a current population estimated at 220 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level for the Frisco HMA under the new Herd Management Area Plan will be established at 30-60 wild horses. A long-term management goal for the Frisco wild horse HMA is to continue population growth suppression measures over the next 10 years. This will be accomplished by returning every two to three years re-treating mares with fertility control vaccine as well as removal of excess animals.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.