Tentative Wild Horse and Burro Removal and Fertility Control Treatment Schedule
As part of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, the BLM gathers animals each year to maintain the ecological health of our nation’s public rangelands. When possible, the BLM may also treat a number of animals with a fertility control vaccine.
Much of the West is suffering ongoing severe drought. In the areas hardest hit by drought and where wildfires have resulted in reduced forage, the health of wild horses and burros will likely decline. Many livestock permittees have already taken voluntary steps to significantly reduce the number of cattle grazing on public lands as a result of drought.
Limits on the Wild Horse and Burro Program’s budget and on the number of additional horses and burros that can be accomodated in off-range holding space means that fewer animals will be removed than in previous years.
In an effort to do as much as possible within the current budget, and with the severe conditions on the ground, the BLM will determine where to gather wild horses and burros this year on a variety of factors. For example, the BLM will assess factors such as areas where emergencies exist, areas where animals have moved from public land to private property or areas where the BLM is under court order to remove animals. Other issues, including public health and safety concerns, will also be considered. Some gathers will be assessed and addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Below are details about the completed and tentative gathers for the fall of 2014 and winter of 2015. The number of gathers, the scheduled start dates, and the number of animals gathered are estimates only and may change as circumstances warrant. This information will be updated if any changes occur.
Interested members of the public are encouraged to consider adopting an animal. Go to the Adoption Program
to learn about adopting a wild horse or burro, or call 866-4MUSTANGS.
For further information on this year’s Wild Horse and Burro Program gather schedule, read the answers to commonly asked questions here.