BLM to Conduct Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Lakeview District Office

Media Contact:

Lisa L. McNee

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District will begin a wild horse gather on or about December 1, 2022. The gather will be conducted in the Beaty Butte Herd Management Area (HMA). The gather will be conducted using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather approximately 50 horses, with 25 permanently removed.

The Beaty Butte HMA encompasses nearly 437,120 acres of federal, state and privately owned land and has an Appropriate Management Level of 100 to 250 wild horses. The current population of the Beaty Butte HMA is approximately 463 wild horses.

Because of the nature of the bait and water gather method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity. However, during their regular open hours, the public may view horses removed from the range at the Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines.

All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, where a veterinarian will check them. Then 25 will be taken to the Beaty Butte Training Facility for training and adoption.

The BLM’s priority is to conduct a safe, efficient and successful wild horse gather operation while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. The BLM will use the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.

The BLM is conducting the gather under the DOI-BLM-ORWA-L050-2017-0005-EA Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather and Fertility Control Plan signed on October 23, 2019. Access the Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment at Once the gather is underway, the BLM will post gather reports and additional information on its website at

For technical information, contact Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Blair Street at 541-947-6184 or

For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.