BLM to Hold Public Hearing on the use of Motorized Vehicles to Manage Wild Horses and Burros


Bureau of Land Management

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(Billings, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros within Montana and the Dakotas.  The hearing is scheduled for Friday, February 2, 2018, from 10-11 a.m., at the BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, in Billings, Montana.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive information and public comments on the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft to inventory, monitor, gather, remove and transport excess animals.  Before motorized vehicles can be used, a public hearing is required in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.  The BLM proposes to use motorized vehicles to obtain population estimates, collect monitoring information, transport animals and to gather excess wild horses.

For more information, contact Jerrie Bertola at (406) 896-5223.


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.