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Release Date: 06/23/14
Contacts: Megan Crandall , 801-539-4020  

BLM Issues Decision for Wild Horse Gather Plan in Southern Utah

Cedar City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office today signed the Decision Record approving the proposed Bible Spring Complex Gather, Removal and Fertility Treatment Plan.  Today’s decision authorizes the gather and removal of excess wild horses and the application of fertility control in southern Utah’s Bible Spring Complex two to four times over a 10-year period.
The gather plan outlines future management of wild horses in the Bible Spring Complex, beginning with gather and removal of approximately 140 animals from the Blawn Wash Herd Management Area in July 2014. The Blawn Wash gather is the first step in reducing herd numbers in the Bible Spring Complex to a sustainable level.  The gather plan will also guide the BLM in monitoring herd health and wild horse populations in the Bible Spring Complex using various data collection techniques.
The four Herd Management Areas that make up the Bible Spring Complex—Bible Spring, Blawn Wash, Tilly Creek and Four Mile—are located in western Iron and Beaver counties, approximately 30 miles west of Minersville, Utah, in the Wah Wah and Indian Peak mountain ranges.  The Bible Spring Complex is comprised of approximately 222,929 acres of public, private and state lands.
The environmental assessment and decision documents are posted on the BLM-Utah website at: 

For additional gather-specific information, please contact Chad Hunter at (435)865-3088.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message for Chad Hunter.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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Last updated: 06-23-2014