BLM to Begin Sulphur Wild Horse Gather, Removal and PZP Treatment


Bureau of Land Management

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Cedar City Field Office

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CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office will soon be gathering and removing excess wild horses from within and outside the Sulphur Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Utah.
The BLM will gather approximately 700 horses, of those gathered, remove approximately 300 adoptable aged horses, and return approximately 400 horses, including 100-150 mares treated with porcine zona pellucida -22 (also known as PZP-22)  back onto the Sulphur HMA.  

The Sulphur HMA is located in western Iron, Beaver, and Millard counties, Utah approximately 50 miles west of Milford, Utah in the Indian Peak and Mountain Home mountain ranges. The Sulphur HMA contains approximately 265,675 acres.

Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 18.  Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.

The BLM will conduct escorted public tours to gather observation sites.  Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline, (801) 539-4050.

Those interested in participating should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station located on Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada state line, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST.
Participants must provide their own transportation, water and food.  The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh winter field conditions.  Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended.  Please note that no public restrooms will be available once the tour begins.
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns.  Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying helicopters and should avoid recreational use of drones along Highway 21 and within the Mountain Home area.  Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
Gather updates and information will be posted at: .  Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #SulphurGather.
Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.  Those that are not adopted will be cared for on off-range pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Details on the EA and the gather can be found on the BLM’s planning documents website:  More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at (435) 743-3100.
To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at: .

For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, public affairs specialist, at (435)743-3128 or Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid.  The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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.