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BLM Wyoming Fifteenmile HMA Gather
Background and details of gather:
The BLM Wyoming Worland field office will remove horses from the Fifteenmile Herd Management Area (HMA), located approximately 35 miles northwest of Worland in portions of Wasahkie, Big Horn and Park counties.
The wild horse population in the HMA—estimated to be approximately 700—has well-exceeded its appropriate management level (AML): 100-230 total horses. The Worland Field Office will gather up to 700 horses, with a target removal number of 600 horses, to return the population to the low range of the AML. Horses that have moved outside the HMA will be removed. Approximately 100 horse will be returned to the HMA.
The gather will begin on or after October 17, 2019, and will continue for approximately 1 – 2 weeks.
The BLM uses a federal contractor to gather wild horses from HMAs where the BLM has determined excess animals exist. The contractor uses a helicopter to locate and herd horses toward a set of corrals. The helicopter is assisted by a ground crew and a domesticated horse to lead the gathered horses into the corrals. If needed, the ground crew may assist the helicopter by roping the horses from horseback.
The BLM takes very seriously the humane treatment of wild horses and burros during gather operations. Helicopters have been shown to be the most humane method to gather horses.
Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided that doing so does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The BLM will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands. If you are interested in watching the gather, you must contact Sarah Beckwith at email@example.com.
Observers must provide their own transportation, water and food. The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh field conditions and a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. Public restrooms will not be available onsite.
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The BLM will transport all wild horses removed from the range to BLM off range corrals in Rock Springs, Wyoming, or other locations. The horses will be freeze branded, vaccinated, dewormed and given a Coggins test. The corrals receiving the horses from the gathers will not be taking requests from the public to hold specific horses.
Some of the horses will be taken to the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton or the Mantle Adoption and Training Facility in Wheatland for gentling before being made available for adoption.
Gathered wild horses will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. If you are interested in taking home a wild horse from this gather, please get pre-approved and get ready for the first events in the New Year!