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Release Date: 09/07/11
Contacts: Shannon Borders, BLM Public Affairs at (970) 240-5399 or    

Media Advisory: BLM Hosts Press Conference during Spring Creek Wild Horse Gather

Who: The Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest District will host a press conference featuring BLM experts during the Spring Creek Wild Horse Gather. 

What: The media are invited to view ongoing gather activities to remove wild horses in the Spring Creek Herd Management Area southwest of Norwood. The BLM will gather approximately 60 wild horses in the Herd Management Area, which is a 21,932 acre area managed for a healthy wild horse herd that is in balance with other resources and uses. The current estimated population of wild horses in the HMA is about 90.

Where: Spring Creek Herd Management Area (about one hour southwest of Norwood, Colo.)
To get to the HMA, go to Norwood and go west on Colorado Highway 145 to Colorado Highway 184 on the right (not toward Mancos). Drive about 10 miles to U.S. Highway 491 and turn northwest (right) toward Dove Creek. About two miles northwest of Dove Creek, turn north (right) onto Colorado Highway 141. Drive about 35 miles and cross Disappointment Valley to Road 19Q on the east side of the valley. Then drive south to just past mile marker 5 to Road K20E on the left. Drive three miles to the herd area boundary. Observers should plan to wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  A map to the HMA is at

When: Thursday, Sept. 15 - 9-11 a.m.  (Due to the nature of gather activities, the press conference will convene between 9 to 11 a.m.)

Why: The appropriate management level identified for the population in this HMA is between 35 to 65 wild horses.  Up to 10 of the captured adult horses will be released to maintain herd population within the established appropriate management level.   The application of the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida will be administered to mares released back into the HMA.

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Last updated: 09-07-2011