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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/08/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

White Mountain/Little Colorado Gather Environmental Assessment Available


The Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office is requesting public input on a proposal to gather excess wild horses from the White Mountain/Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMA). The comment period will be open for the Wild Horse Gather Environmental Assessment (EA) until May 6.

Population surveys show the current population in the White Mountain/Little Colorado HMAs is slightly more than 800 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for White Mountain HMA is between 205-300 horses, and the AML range for Little Colorado HMA is 69-100.

AMLs for the HMAs were established through an agreement with private land owners and wild horse advocacy groups, and confirmed in the 1997 Green River Resource Management Plan. The proposed gather, may include using fertility control, as well as adjusting sex ratios. The two HMAs were last gathered in November 2007.

A copy of the EA and more information is available at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/whitemtn_littlecolo.html.

Public comments are most helpful if they cite specific actions or impacts, and offer supporting information. Comments are requested by May 6, 2011, and can be mailed, emailed, or hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to the following address:

White Mountain/Little Colorado EA Comments
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
280 Highway 191 North
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Emailed comments will only be accepted if sent to: WhiteMountain_LittleColorado_HMA_WY@blm.gov. Please list “White Mountain/Little Colorado EA Comments” in the email subject line. For more information contact Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Jay D’Ewart, 307-352-0331.



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Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-08-2011