BLM seeking public comment on proposed wild horse gather in southwestern Wyoming
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.— To help healthy wild horse herds continue to thrive on healthy rangelands, the BLM has prepared an environmental assessment and opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed wild horse gather on the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain, and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas.
The environmental assessment proposes the removal of approximately 3,500 horses across the five Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Non-permanent fertility control treatments would also be implemented across the HMAs. The BLM also analyzed a no action alternative and three additional action alternatives that include a variety of other fertility control methods.
The appropriate management level (AML), which is the point the wild horse population is consistent with the rangeland’s capacity to support the herds is between 1,550-2,165 horses. The BLM estimates that there are approximately 5,105 wild horses within the five HMAs.
All comments, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask that your identifying information be withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information, contact Spencer Allred at 307-352-0367.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.