2014 Checkerboard Wild Horse Gather
Checkerboard areas of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas
9/15/14 - 10/9/14
Purpose of Gather:
This checkerboard wild horse removal is not a population management action related to appropriate management levels. Instead, the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, Section 4 requires that the BLM remove wild horses from private land if requested by the land owner. This removal also complies with the court-ordered 2013 Consent Decree between the BLM and the Rock Springs Grazing Association which directed that all wild horses be removed from checkerboard lands within the HMAs. Not removing all wild horses from the checkerboard would result in non-compliance with the Act and Consent Decree.
Details of Gather:
Removal of all wild horses from checkerboard lands began on September 15. Appeals and motions delayed removal operations, allowing more wild horses to move across the fluid boundary between solid block public lands and the checkerboard in preparation for winter and in search of water; thus, the population estimate for the checkerboard was surpassed by the number of wild horses actually removed.
The estimated wild horse population in the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas (HMAs) and within the checkerboard portion of each HMA is based on statistically corrected population numbers gathered during simultaneous double-count census flights with the US Geological Survey in April 2014. However, these population estimates are not intended to be the minimum or maximum number of wild horses removed from the checkerboard portion of each HMA.
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