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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 03/07/11
Contacts: Serena Baker 307-212-0197    
  Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

Public Comment Opens on Proposed Wild Horse Gather for Red Desert Complex


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins and Lander field offices are accepting public comments prior to preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed wild horse gather in the Red Desert Herd Management Area (HMA) Complex and surrounding area to be placed on the national schedule.

The Red Desert Complex includes the following HMAs and corresponding Appropriate Management Level (AML) ranges: Lost Creek HMA 60-82, Stewart Creek HMA 125-175, Antelope Hills HMA 60-82, Crooks Mountain HMA 65-85, and Green Mountain HMA 170-300. The proposed operation would include gathering wild horses, treating all mares to be released with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine, and removing horses which have moved outside the HMAs. Mares will be treated with the fertility control to slow reproduction rates, maintain population size within the AML, and to extend the time period between gather operations. Population surveys conducted in August 2010 reveal a number of wild horses have moved outside the HMAs. Those horses, as well as the foals, would be gathered and removed from the range.

Written substantive comments will be most useful if received by March 28 via fax, mail, email: RedDesertComplex_HMA_WY@blm.gov (please include “Red Desert Complex Scoping Comments” in the subject line), or hand delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to:

Melanie Mirati, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM Rawlins Field Office
P.O. Box 2407
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Fax: (307) 328-4224

Scott Fluer, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM Lander Field Office
1335 Main Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520
Fax: (307) 332-8444

For more information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/red-desert.html. For questions, contact Melanie Mirati, 307-328-4200 or Scott Fluer, 307-332-8400.



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Last updated: 03-07-2011