BLM Logo
Billings Field Office
Release Date: 06/04/12
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt 406-896-5228    

BLM Offers Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Gather Update

Billings, MT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Billings Field Office is currently waiting for the administrative remedies process to be completed within the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). Should the gather be deemed appropriate to proceed after this process is completed, operations would begin no sooner than June 20. 

The decision was issued after conducting an Environmental Assessment for a non-helicopter gather. The BLM will move forward with the Proposed Action that analyzed using a combination of bait trapping, water trapping, and some herding. The release of the decision began a 30-day appeal period that ended on May 3, 2012. Three separate parties filed petitions for stay; two of the three to date have been denied by the IBLA, and the BLM is awaiting a decision on the third. Since bait trapping can occur year-round, the gather is anticipated to take place at any point during the 2012 calendar year, after the start date.

To get the latest information on the gather, please visit the BLM website at:

The gather is designed to manage the appropriate number of wild horses so that rangelands and horses can be healthy and productive for years to come. The current wild horse population is approximately 170 horses, exceeding the established Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 90-120 horses. Management decisions in the PMWHR are guided by the PMWHR/Territory Environmental Assessment and Herd Management Area Plan, which was developed in a public planning process and issued in 2009.

The PMWHR is located in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings, along the Montana-Wyoming border and encompasses approximately 38,000 acres of BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service managed land.

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.

Billings Field Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 06-28-2012