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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/17/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

White Mountain/Little Colorado Wild Horse Gather Begins


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office will begin a wild horse gather in the White Mountain and Little Colorado (WMLC) Herd Management Areas (HMAs) west of Highway 191 between Rock Springs and LaBarge, Wyo. on Saturday, Aug. 20.  

Approximately 875 wild horses will be gathered. The White Mountain HMA is located in the checkerboard pattern of mixed public and private land ownership. There is no anticipated closure of public lands, except if deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Temporary road closures may be needed to allow movement of wild horse herds. The gather is expected to last roughly two and a half weeks, or until the designated number of excess wild horses have been removed from the HMAs. 

Low flying aircraft will also be present in the area. BLM requests aviation enthusiasts avoid flight patterns through the White Mountain/Little Colorado area as air traffic could pose a safety risk. Helicopters used in gather operations often have to change course and altitude quickly.  

If interested in viewing the gather, contact Serena Baker, sbaker@blm.gov, 307-212-0197, to be added to the anticipated visitors’ log. Only individuals listed on the visitors’ log will be contacted with daily viewing sites, times, and locations of where to meet. Please read the “Know Before You Go” tip sheet at:  www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/2011wmlc-gather/public-observ.html. Public viewing sites will be designated a safe distance from wild horse trap sites, and outside the aircraft flight plan. 

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 20, the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility will be closed for on-site tours and adoptions. The wild horses being gathered from WMLC HMAs will be brought to the holding facility to be health inspected, vaccinated, and tested for Equine Infectious Anemia or Coggins before being made available for adoption or sale to the public. However, the facility’s public viewing kiosk will remain open daily.  

White Mountain/Little Colorado mustangs will be available for adoption to qualified applicants after the first of the year. Adoption applications and requirements are available at:  www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/adopt.html.   



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 08-17-2011