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      Checkerboard Areas of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and 
      Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas


Dates
Removal of all wild horses from checkerboard lands within the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas (HMAs) began on September 15.

Removal
This removal comes at the request of private land owners. Not removing wild horses from the checkerboard area would result in non-compliance with Section 4 of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act and the provisions of the court-ordered 2013 Consent Decree between the BLM and the Rock Springs Grazing Association, which requires that all wild horses be removed from checkerboard lands within the HMAs.

Removed wild horses will be sent to BLM holding facilities in Canon City, Colorado and Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Adoption
The wild horses will be available for adoption at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility, the Mantle Adoption and Training Facility in Wheatland, the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton and through the BLM's internet adoptions.

Observation Opportunities and Tips
Public observation is dependent upon access, location, operational activity and weather. To be notified of observation opportunities, please contact Shelley Gregory at 307-315-0612 or ssgregory@blm.gov. Media, please review the Media Access Guidelines.

  • Safety is our first priority. The BLM is committed to providing as much public access to the removal as possible as long as participants do not disrupt operations or create conditions that jeopardize the safety of the animals, observers, contractors or BLM staff. 
  • Since the removal is entirely within the checkerboard of mixed public and private land, observation opportunities will be limited to locations and facilities located on public land.
  • BLM staff will escort members of the public on observation days to designated areas from which to view operations safely. Observers must stay in these areas.
  • Inclement weather, operations on or across private land or location/equipment moving days will cancel observation for that day. Cancellations will often not be known before the meeting time.
  • Observers must provide their own four-wheel drive transportation. A full tank of gas, good tires and carpooling are strongly recommended. Observers cannot be transported in government vehicles.
  • Parking may be limited at some gather locations. Be prepared to hike into some observation locations over occasionally arduous terrain.
  • Be prepared for weather extremes. Dress appropriately and in earth tones. Sturdy boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray and a hat are highly recommended for the warmer months. Insulated coveralls/pants, heavy coats, winter boots, scarves, hats and gloves are recommended for the colder months.
  • Because of the fluidity of operations, be prepared for the possibility of waiting hours for any activity or wild horses. 
  • There are no amenities or facilities, including restrooms.
  • Cell service is very limited or nonexistent.
  • Observers must provide their own refreshments.  
  • Binoculars and a camera with a telephoto lens are handy.


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