BLM releases decision to control population growth and gather excess Wild Horses in the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area


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SALT LAKE CITY —The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office issued a decision today to approve the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area Population Control Plan. The decision underscores the need for continued protection of rangeland conditions and the health of wild horse herds. The decision provides for phased gathers of excess wild horses and the use of population growth suppression methods in the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area located west of Tooele, Utah. 

“The Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area Population Control decision supports the BLM’s continuing efforts to manage public lands for multiple use and sustained yield and to manage wild horse populations under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971,” said BLM Salt Lake Field Manager Jessica Wade. “The BLM is committed to ensuring that there are healthy horses on healthy rangelands and to maintaining a balanced ecosystem.” 

The BLM estimates more than 900 wild horses, which include foals born in 2022, reside currently within the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area. The appropriate management level for the area to ensure a healthy landscape and an optimal wild horse population is established at 190 to 390 horses. The population control decision and associated analysis are available on the BLM’s ePlanning website:

The Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area comprises approximately 211,593 acres of federal and state lands located 60 miles west of Tooele, Utah, and extends more than 25 miles in length on the eastern and western sides of the Cedar Mountain Range in Skull Valley, Utah.  
BLM Utah manages 19 wild horse and burro herd management areas on nearly 2.5 million acres. To learn more, visit For additional information, please contact the Salt Lake Field Office at

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.