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Lander and Rawlins Field Offices
Release Date: 10/05/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207    
  Serena Baker, 307-212-0197    

Red Desert Wild Horse Gather to Begin Saturday

The Lander and Rawlins field offices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin a wild horse gather in the Red Desert Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) Complex west and south of Wyoming Highway 789/287 on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Red Desert Complex encompasses the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek HMAs and is located in portions of Fremont, Sweetwater and Carbon counties. There is no anticipated closure of public lands, except if deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Brief road closures may be needed to allow movement of wild horse herds.

Low flying aircraft will also be present in the area. The BLM requests pilots avoid flight patterns through the Red Desert area as air traffic could pose a safety risk. Helicopters used in gather operations often have to change course and altitude quickly.

The BLM will gather in the Red Desert Complex for approximately 12 days, move south to gather in the Divide Basin HMA and conclude back in the Red Desert Complex in late November. The fall gathers will move between the HMAs to ensure that gather operations will be complete in the high country before early winter storms blanket it with snow. Gather operations will then move to the lower elevation HMAs.

If interested in viewing the Red Desert gather, contact Sarah Beckwith,, 307-287-3675, to be added to the anticipated visitors’ log. If interested in viewing the Divide Basin gather, contact Serena Baker,, 307-212-0197. Only individuals listed on the visitors’ log will be contacted with daily meeting locations and times. Public viewing sites will be designated a safe distance from wild horse trap sites and outside the aircraft flight plan.

Please be advised that gather operations are fluid and may change at any time. Monitor the BLM’s fall gather website closely for the most up-to-date information:

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.

Lander and Rawlins Field Offices   1335 Main Street      Lander, WY 82520      1300 North Third      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 10-05-2011