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Release Date: 08/18/10
Contacts: Mary Apple 406-896-5258    
  Greg Albright 406-896-5260    

Public Invited to Provide Input on Wild Horse Fertility Control Program

BILLINGS – The public is invited to provide input as the Bureau of Land Management begins updating its fertility control program for wild horses on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. 

Fertility control would help limit herd growth so the wild horse population could be maintained at the appropriate management level more easily, thus limiting or reducing the need for gathers and helping to prevent deterioration of the range associated with overpopulation. 

The new program would begin in the upcoming fiscal year and could last up to five years. Fertility control, in the form of a Porca Zona Pellucida (PZP) vaccine, has been used on select mares in the Pryors since 2001. 

Written comments on the scope of this environmental assessment should be sent to: Jim Sparks, BLM Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Dr., Billings, Mont. 59101, by September 16. Written comments, including the names and addresses of commenters, will be available for public review. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. 

For more information, contact BLM's wild horse specialist, Jared Bybee, at 896-5223. 

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012