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Release Date: 06/20/12
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt 406-896-5228    

BLM Prepares for Bait Trap Gather of Pryor Mountain Wild Horses

Billings, MT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Billings Field Office will begin on-the-ground activities as early as the end of this week to prepare for the gather and removal of excess wild horses in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.  Preparation activities for the non-helicopter gather include using paintballs to mark the wild horses that will be removed and setting up panels for the bait traps.  Actual removal of the wild horses will not begin until after July 4, 2012.

Since bait trapping can occur year-round, the gather is anticipated to take place over the next several months.

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