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Release Date: 10/25/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Seeks Comments on Bait Trapping in McCullough Peaks Herd

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is proposing the use of bait trapping in the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA).

Beginning in January 2013, the BLM proposes to use bait trapping to initially remove 20 horses and then gradually remove horses when necessary through 2018 (or as long as it can be reasonably concluded that no new information and no new circumstances have substantially changed in the area of analysis) in order to maintain a population of adult wild horses within the herd’s appropriate management level (AML) range of 70-140 horses. Maintaining a population of wild horses within the AML will help prevent deterioration of rangelands and balance wild horses with other public rangeland resources and uses.

“Animals removed from the McCullough Peaks HMA will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program,” says Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart. “Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

Also proposed is that the BLM continues the use of fertility control in the McCullough Peaks HMA by possibly administering the fertility drug ZonaStat-H, also known as porcine zona pellucida (PZP), during bait trapping. The CYFO has been administering PZP through field darting since spring 2011.

An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the bait trap removal and use of bait trapping to administer PZP. The EA is available for review and comment on the BLM website at

Comments may be emailed by Nov. 26, 2012, to Comments may also be mailed to Tricia Hatle, BLM Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Street, Cody, WY 82414 and postmarked by Nov. 26, 2012.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact BLM Wild Horse Specialist Tricia Hatle at 307-578-5900, or stop by the Cody Field Office at 1002 Blackburn Street.

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.

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Last updated: 10-25-2012