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Release Date: 07/15/11

Statement on HSUS Gather Report and Recommendations

The Bureau of Land Management welcomes the involvement and concern of the Humane Society of the United States regarding the BLM's management of wild horses and burros.  We especially appreciate HSUS’ offer to make available a panel of equine experts to view capture operations and provide recommendations for the development of performance-based standard operating procedures.  The BLM has already increased the number of fertility control applications for mares and implemented Catch, Treat and Release gathers that are conducted for the primary purpose of treating appropriate numbers of mares during the key time period from November to February.  The BLM will carefully review all recommendations of the HSUS and will continue its work to maximize the transparency, humaneness, safety, and efficiency of wild horse and burro gathers.  Working together with HSUS and other partners, the BLM will put into place what BLM Director Bob Abbey has called a 'new normal' for doing business -- one that provides greater transparency to the public and places a greater emphasis on population-suppression techniques.  To view the HSUS report, click here .

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 07-26-2011