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.

 


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 Tentative Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Wild Horse and Burro Removal and Fertility Control Treatment Schedule

 State

 Agency

 Herd Management Area (HMA)

 Complex

Proposed Start Date

Proposed End Date

 # Animals Proposed to be Gathered

 # Animals to be Removed

# Mares to be Treated with Fertility Control

Method of Gather

Species 

Status

Office 

WY

BLM

Salt Wells

Adobe Town/Salt Wells 

9/25/14

10/8/14

228

685

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

WY State Office

CO

BLM

Sand Wash Basin

 

10/1/14

9/30/15

0

0

125*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

CO State Office

WY

BLM

Adobe Town

Adobe Town/Salt Wells

10/9/14

10/10/14

177

47

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

WY State Office

OR

BLM

Palomino Buttes

 

10/14/14

10/14/14

75

52

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

OR State Office

NV

BLM

Reveille

 

10/27/14

11/7/14

130

90

25

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

NV State Office

NV

BLM

Outside Triple B

 

11/8/14

11/13/14

75

69

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

NV State Office

NV

BLM

Outside Eagle/Silver King

 

11/14/14

11/19/14

50

48

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

NV State Office

CA

BLM

Twin Peaks

 

12/16/14

3/1/15

20

20

 0

Bait

Burro

Ongoing

CA State Office

CO

BLM

 Outside Piceance/East Douglas

 

1/1/15

3/31/15

30

30

 0

Bait

Horse

Ongoing

CO State Office

WY

BLM

 McCullough Peaks

 

1/1/15

9/30/15

 0

 0

67*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

WY State Office 

MT

BLM

Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range

 

1/5/15

7/1/15

0

0

65*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

MT State Office

CA

BLM

Centennial

 

1/16/15

1/20/15

215

35

100

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

CA State Office

CA

BLM

Centennial

 

1/16/15

1/20/15

35

35

0

Helicopter

Burro

Complete

CA State Office

NV

BLM

Humboldt Herd Area

 

1/29/15

2/2/15

180

180

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

NV State Office

NV

BLM

Wood Hills Non-HMA

Antelope

2/1/15

9/30/15

130

130

0

Bait

Horse

Postponed

NV State Office

CO

BLM

Spring Creek Basin

 

2/1/15

5/30/15

 0

 0

25*

No Removal

Horse 

Ongoing

CO State Office

ID

 BLM

Challis

 

2/1/15

9/30/15

0

0

35*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

ID State Office

NV

BLM

Little Fish Lake

 

2/8/15

2/12/15

147

140

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

NV State Office

NV

BLM

Fish Creek

 

2/13/15

2/23/15

424

415

102

Helicopter

Horse

Ongoing

NV State Office

AZ

BLM

Outside Black Mountain

 

2/17/15

3/31/15

20

20

0

Bait

Burro

Ongoing

AZ State Office

AZ

BLM

Outside Lake Pleasant

 

2/17/15

3/31/15

60

60

0

Bait

Burro

Ongoing

AZ State Office

NV

BLM

Pine Nut Mountain

 

2/20/15

2/26/15

-

-

-

Helicopter

Horse

Postponed

NV State Office

UT

BLM

Sulphur

 

2/25/15

2/27/15

103

101

0

Helicopter

Horse

Complete

UT State Office

NM

BLM

Caracas Mesa

 

3/1/15

9/30/15

0

0

20*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

NM State Office

UT

BLM

Onaqui

 

3/1/15

9/30/15

0

0

50*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

UT State Office

CO

BLM

Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range

 

3/1/15

7/30/15

0

0

15*

No Removal

Horse

Ongoing

CO State Office

 

 

 TOTAL

 

 

2,099

2,157

629

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

 


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