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West Douglas gather operations 
July 15-August 13, 2012

Details of the Gather:

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Suspended Work Order is Issued by the BLM

The resource conditions that warranted an emergency gather do not presently exist. The area has received rain on and off for the last 10 days. The horses have dispersed themselves throughout the HA and are no longer coming to the water trap. However, these present conditions are likely to change quickly and we could be right back in an emergency situation. The gather activities were placed in a “Suspend Work Order” for the next 30 days.

The BLM is gathering up to 50 wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area near Texas Mountain. Extreme drought conditions have left these horses without water and with very little forage. Horses will be gathered using a water trap, which consists of a corral around a water source. BLM estimates another 135 wild horses are in other areas of the West Douglas Herd Area. The situation for these other horses is being closely monitored, but no emergency action is required at this time.

Details of the gather are available on this website by following the links in the right column.   

While the risk of injury or occasionally death to wild horses is always present during a gather, the BLM is committed to conducting wild horse gathers safely and humanely. BLM will update this site daily, including specific information about any animal injuries or deaths.


Animals removed from the range will be available for adoption from our Canon City facility. To adopt a White River horse, contact the BLM at 866-468-7826.

Latest News:

For BLM news releases and statements issued about the West Douglas Emergency Wild Horse Gather, check our Newsroom.


For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email

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