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 determines where to gather wild horses and burros on a variety of factors. For example, the BLM will assessareas 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, are also considered. Some gathers will be assessed and addressed on a case-by-case basis.
 
Below are details about the completed and tentative gathers for Fiscal Year 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.

 


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 Tentative Fiscal Year 2016 Wild Horse and Burro Removal and Fertility Control Treatment Schedule

 Updated as of June 3, 2016

State

Herd Management Area (HMA)

Complex

Proposed Start Date

Proposed End Date

# Animals Planned to be Gathered

# Animals Planned to be Removed

# Animals Removed

# of Mares to be Treated with Fertility Control

Method of Gather

Species

Status

Reason

Office

AZ

Havasu

 

10/1/2015

10/26/2015

50

50

51

0

Bait

Burro

Complete

Private Property/Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office 

 AZ

 Outside Pirates Cove

 

 10/1/2015

10/15/2015 

40

40 

 8

0

Bait

Burro 

Complete

 Private Property/Health and Human Safety

 AZ State Office

CO

Sand Wash Basin

 

10/1/2015

9/30/2016

0

0

0

125

None

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

CO State Office

NV

Triple B

 

10/3/2015

10/15/2015

100

100

53

0

Bait

Horse

Complete

Emergency

NV State Office

ID

Sands Basin

 

10/9/2015

12/15/2015

35

35

30

0

Bait

Horse

In Progress

Emergency

ID State Office

NV

Antelope (Water Canyon area)

 

10/27/2015

11/30/2015

55

40

31

12

Bait

Horse

Complete

Population Management and Fertility Control

NV State Office

OR

Beaty Butte

 

11/3/2015

11/25/2015

1,450

1,070

1,070

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

Population Management/Sage Brush Focal Area

OR State Office

AZ

Black Mountain

 

12/10/2015

12/10/2015

8

8

9

0

Bait

Burro

Complete

Private Property/Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

WY

McCullough Peaks

 

1/1/2016

9/30/2016

0

0

0

52*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

WY State Office

CA

Centennial/Slate Range Herd Area

 

1/15/2016

2/29/2016

200

0

14

59*

Helicopter

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

CA State Office

CA

Centennial/Slate Range Herd Area

 

1/15/2016

2/18/2016

86

50

56

0

Helicopter

Burro

Complete

Population Management

CA State Office

CO

Spring Creek Basin

 

2/1/2016

5/30/2016

0

0

0

22*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

CO State Office

ID

Challis

 

2/1/2016

9/30/2016

0

0

0

35*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

ID State Office

NV

Outside Eagle/Outside Caliente Herd Area Complex

 

2/9/2016

2/28/2016

120

120

128

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

Emergency/Health and Human Safety

NV State Office

CO

Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range

 

3/1/2016

7/30/2016

0

0

0

20*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

CO State Office

UT

Onaqui

 

3/1/2016

5/31/2016

0

0

0

40*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

UT State Office

UT

Sinbad

 

3/21/2016

4/6/2016

126

126

83

0

Bait

Burro

Complete

Research

UT State Office

UT

Sinbad

 

4/11/2016

4/19/2016

74

28

50

0

Helicopter

Burro

Complete

Research

UT State Office

AZ

Chocolate Mules

 

6/1/2016

6/20/2016

10

10

0

0

Bait

Burro

Planned

Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

AZ

Cibola-Trigo

 

6/1/2016

7/30/2016

35

35

0

0

Bait

Burro

Planned

Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

AZ

Cibola-Trigo

 

6/1/2016

7/30/2016

25

25

0

0

Bait

Horse

 

Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

AZ

Lake Pleasant

 

6/15/2016

7/30/2016

70

50

0

0

Bait

Burro

Planned

Research/Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

NV

Outside Red Rocks

 

7/1/2016

9/30/2016

40

40

0

0

Bait

Burro

Planned

Private Property/Health and Human Safety

NV State Office

NV

Outside Johnnie

 

7/1/2016

9/30/2016

40

40

0

0

Bait

Burro

Planned

Private Property/Health and Human Safety

NV State Office

UT

Conger

 

7/1/2016

7/10/2016

150

97

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Research

UT State Office

NV

Outside Silver King

 

7/15/2016

9/15/2016

100

100

0

0

Bait

Horse

Planned

Health and Human Safety

NV State Office

NV

Outside Triple B

 

7/15/2016

9/15/2016

125

125

0

0

Bait

Horse

Planned

Private Property

NV State Office

UT

Frisco

 

7/16/2016

7/25/2016

150

85

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Research

UT State Office

MT

Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range

 

8/1/2016

 9/30/2016

0

0

0

65*

No Removal

Horse

In Progress

Fertility Control

MT State Office

AZ

Black Mountain/Big Sandy

 

8/1/2016

9/30/2016

110

110

0

0

Bait

Burro

In Progress

Health and Human Safety

AZ State Office

NV

Reveille

 

8/1/2016

9/30/2016

125

40

0

30

Bait

Horse

Planned

Court Order

NV State Office

NV

Stone Cabin

 

8/1/2016

9/30/2016

325

100

0

125

Bait

Horse

Planned

Population Management/Selective Removal

NV State Office

NV

Rocky Hills

 

8/1/2016

9/30/2016

125

0

0

40

No Removal

Horse

Planned

Fertility Control

NV State Office

UT

Blawn Wash Herd Area

 

8/8/2016

8/112016

150

150

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Court Agreement/Population Management

UT State Office

OR

Outside Three Fingers

 

8/8/2016

8/11/2016

100

50

0

25

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Private Property

OR State Office

OR

South Steens

 

8/15/2016

9/15/2016

200

100

0

40

Bait

Horse

Planned

Population Management/Selective Removal

OR State Office

WY

Little Colorado

 

9/1/2016

9/15/2016

427

375

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Research

WY State Office

WY

White Mountain

 

9/1/2016

9/15/2016

355

180

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Research

WY State Office

CA

Devil's Garden Territory (U.S. Forest Service)

 

9/6/2016

9/30/2016

250

200

0

0

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Private Property

CA State Office

UT

Cedar Mountain

 

9/12/2016

9/30/2016

550

150

0

150

Helicopter

Horse

Planned

Population Management/Selective Removal

UT State Office

 

Private Property/Public Safety Removals

 

10/1/2015

9/30/2016

0

0

10

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TOTAL

 

 

5,806

3,729

 1,593

 840

 

 

 

 

 


* Animals will receive fertility control vaccines via ground darting programs, which do not require that animals are gathered. 

 

 


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