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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/19/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

White Mountain/Little Colorado Wild Horse Gather to Start Sunday


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office will now begin the 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 Sunday, Aug. 21.  

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: http://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. 

Please be advised that gather operations are fluid and may change at any time. For example, the team may need to move and reconstruct trap sites and holding facilities. Weather conditions are uncertain. Delays of one or more days may be necessary. We encourage you to monitor our website closely for the most up-to-date information. BLM appreciates your patience.  



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: 08-19-2011