BLM issues decision on McCullough Peaks herd plan and bait trap gather


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Cody Field Office

Media Contact:

Sarah Beckwith

CODY, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management released a decision record that approves future wild horse bait trap gathers, removals and fertility control in the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area east of Cody in Park County. 

The Appropriate Management Level for the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area—the population level consistent with land health and multiple use—is 70 to 140 wild horses. The current population is 181 horses, based on direct counts in 2023.

Today’s decision approves a plan to return the population to the appropriate management level and slow population growth by using a combination of small bait trap gathers, selective removals, and fertility control over a 10-year period. The BLM may begin a bait trap gather in 2023.

Comments on the environmental assessment received during the comment period have been addressed and incorporated into the environmental assessment and decision record. These and other associated documents are available at the BLM National NEPA Register.

For more information, please contact Abel Guevara at 307-578-5900.

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.