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Release Date: 10/24/12
Contacts: Bill Papich , 505-320-5161  

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment on Proposed Jicarilla Wild Horse Management

Farmington, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office has released a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) on proposed Jicarilla Wild Horse Management, including a proposal to gather wild horses.  The EA can be found at: 
The public comment period will end on November 21, 2012.

The BLM has scheduled an information meeting about the preliminary EA. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. -7 p.m., on Monday, November 5, 2012, at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. The meeting will be in rooms 9010 and 9012 at the college. The public will be able to discuss all aspects of the gather with BLM specialists.

The horse gather is tentatively planned for winter 2013. Currently, the herd is estimated at about 400 horses that move seasonally between BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in northwest New Mexico. The appropriate management level (AML) for the Jicarilla Wild Horse Herd is 73–128 horses. The Jicarilla Wild Horse Herd’s AML is set by determining what the appropriate number of horses should be to sustain healthy land, a healthy horse herd, as well as balancing multiple-use of public lands.  Methods for gathering the horses may include baiting, trapping, and using a helicopter.

Gathered horses will be put in a temporary holding facility and receive health evaluations for potential adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Horses removed from the range, but not selected for adoption, will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM plans to administer an anti-fertility drug to female horses not selected for adoption and released back on to the range.

Comment forms will be available at the meeting so attendees can provide their written comments about the EA.  Comments can also be submitted by email to, or by writing the BLM Farmington Field Office, Attention: Jicarilla Wild Horse Management, 6251 College Boulevard, Suite A, Farmington, NM 87402.  Comments must be emailed or postmarked by November 21, 2012.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Bill Papich at 505-320-5161.

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.

Last updated: 01-08-2013