2020 Swasey Mountain Wild Horse Gather
Helicopter Gather --- Began: July 15, 2020 Ended: July 24, 2020
Water Trap --- Began September 11, 2020 Ended: October 6, 2020
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fillmore Field Office (FFO) is scheduled to gather and remove wild horses from within the Swasey HMA. The Swasey Herd Management Area (HMA) is approximately 120,113 acres of Federal and State lands located fifty miles west of Delta, Utah.
The BLM FFO has proposed the Swasey Wild Horse Gather Plan to gather to remove excess wild horses from within the Swasey HMA. In addition, once the AML has been reached, any mares released back to the HMA would be treated with a fertility control measures. The Swasey Herd Management Area (HMA) is approximately 120,113 acres of Federal and State lands located fifty miles west of Delta, Utah. The AML for the Swasey HMA is 60-100 wild horses. The current population is estimated at 865 animals.
The FFO plans to gather 800 excess wild horses to achieve gather objectives within the HMA. There are two gathers on the National Gather Schedule. The first gather will be using a helicopter method, if 800 wild horses are captured, then there will not be a second gather. If the gather objective is not met via helicopter method, then a water trap gather method will be scheduled in August to reach AML. A population growth suppression and sex ratio adjustment would be implemented upon reaching AML.
Since 1978, approximately 900 wild horses have been gathered and removed from the Swasey HMA. In 1978, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2013 gathers were conducted in or adjacent to the HMA.
Horses removed from the Swasey gather are tentatively planned to be shipped to the Axtell Off-Range Corrals in Axtell, Utah. Those horses to be released back into the HMA will be shipped to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah for treatment.
Gather operations will begin on Wed. July 15 and individuals should meet at Maverik located at 44 North US Highway 6, Delta, Utah where tours will depart at 6:00 a.m. MDT. The BLM Utah gather hotline (801) 539-4050 will be, updated daily with information about the gather.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines for visiting parks and recreational facilities will be followed. These guidelines, along with the number of visitors present each day, will determine the observation locations.The following COVID-19 guidelines will apply:
- Always stay at least six feet from others. Avoid gathering with others outside of your household.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.
- Do not attend the gather if you are sick with COVID-19, recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19, or do not feel well.