BLM Fiscal Year 2014 Wild Horse and Burro Removal Schedule

As part of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro management, we gather animals each year to maintain the ecological health of our nation’s public rangelands.  
 
Right now, 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.
 
This year, limits on the Wild Horse and Burro program’s budget and on the number of additional horses and burros we can hold means that we will remove fewer animals than in previous years.  This will exacerbate the difficult challenges we face in nearly every aspect of the wild horse program right now. For example, in 2013, adoptions of wild horses and burros were just 2,671, while nearly 50,000 animals remained in BLM care, at an annual cost of more than $46 million. This has been coupled with other problems, including increasing populations of wild horses and burros. 
 
In an effort to do as much as possible with the budget we have and with the severe conditions on the ground, we will determine where to gather wild horses and burros this year on a variety of factors. For example, we will look closely at areas where emergencies exist or where animals have moved from public land to private property or where we are under court order to remove animals. We will also consider other issues including public health and safety concerns that occur due to wild horses and burros. Some gathers will be assessed and addressed on a case-by-case basis.
 
Below are tentative details about the expected gathers for 2014. Please note that the number of gathers, the scheduled start dates, and the number of animals gathered are estimates only and may change as circumstances warrant. We will update this information if any changes occur.
 
We encourage wild horse and burro enthusiasts to consider adopting an animal. To learn about adopting a wild horse or burro, go to http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program.html or call 866-4MUSTANGS.

For further information on this year’s Wild Horse and Burro Program gather schedule, we encourage you to read our Wild Horse and Burro Qs and As at this link.

 


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 Tentative Fiscal Year 2014 BLM Wild Horse and Burro Removal Schedule

(October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014)

 State

 Agency

 Herd Management Area

 Complex

 Start Date

 End Date

 # Animals Gathered

 # Animals Removed

Species 

Office 

WY

BLM

Salt Wells HMA

w/ Adobe Town 

11/22/13

12/4/13

668

589

Horses

WY State Office

OR

BLM

 Murderers Creek HMA (outside)

 w/USFS

 5/16/14

 11/1/14

45

45

Horses

OR State Office 

UT

BLM

 Bible Springs; Four Mile, Tilly Creek HMAs (outside)

 Bible Springs

 5/21/14

 9/30/14

50

50

Horses

UT State Office 

CA

BLM

Centennial HMA (outside) 

 

5/27/14 

8/1/14 

50 

50

Burros

CA State Office 

OR

BLM

 Beatys Butte HMA (outside)

 

6/1/14 

 8/1/14

30

30

Horses

OR State Office

CA 

 BLM

New Years Lake HA, Carter Reservoir HMA (outside) 

 

 6/1/14

 9/30/14

50

50

Horses

 CA State Office

AZ

BLM

 Chemevhuevi/Havasu HMAs + few on Colorado River Indian Tribes

 

 6/15/14

 8/15/14

 100

100

Burros

AZ State Office 

AZ

BLM 

Lake Pleasant HMA (outside) 

 

6/15/14 

 8/15/14

40

40 

Burros

AZ State Office 

NV

BLM

Humboldt HA (outside) 

 

6/23/14 

 8/15/14

 100

100 

Horses 

 NV State Office

OR 

BLM

Warm Springs HMA (outside) 

 

7/1/14 

9/1/14 

25

25

Burros 

OR State Office 

UT

BLM

Blawn Wash HA 

 

 7/23/14

7/30/14 

140 

140 

Horses 

UT State Office 

UT 

BLM

Sulphur HMA (outside) 

 

7/31/14 

7/31/14 

10

10 

Horses 

UT State Office 

ID

BLM

Hard Trigger HMA

 

8/1/14

9/30/14

35

35

Horses

ID State Office

NV

BLM

Reveille HMA

 

8/15/14

8/30/14

60

60

Horses

NV State Office

WY 

BLM

Adobe Town HMA 

 w/ Salt Wells

8/20/14 

8/24/14 

 177

177

Horses 

 WY State Office

WY

BLM

Salt Wells HMA 

w/ Adobe Town 

8/24/14 

 8/28/14

 228

228 

Horses 

 WY State Office

WY 

BLM

Divide Basin HMA 

 

8/28/14 

9/10/14 

 541

541 

Horses 

 WY State Office

NV

BLM

Triple B HMA (outside) 

 w/ USFS

9/12/14 

 9/17/14

75 

75

Horses 

NV State Office 

NV

BLM

Eagle/Silver King HMAs (outside) 

 

9/18/14 

9/22/14 

50

50

Horses

 NV State Office

 

 

 TOTAL

 

 

 

 2,474

2,395