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Release Date: 02/08/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Bait Trapping Completed in McCullough Peaks Herd

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office (CYFO) has recently completed a bait trap removal of horses in the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) near Cody.

McCullough Peaks wild horses.
McCullough Peaks wild horses are drawn to the temporary trap by hay and water.
McCullough Peaks wild horses.
The horses that were selected for removal will be available for adoption in Powell April 26-27.
Beginning on January 22, the BLM utilized bait trapping to remove 20 wild horses and seven domestic horses from the HMA. This removal brought the population of adult wild horses back to within the herd’s appropriate management level (AML) range of 70-140 horses—the number of horses that the rangeland can sustain in balance with other public resources and uses.

Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart was pleased that the bait trap removal was safe, effective and low-stress for the horses. “Future small removals like this one, in conjunction with the fertility control we’ve been administering through field darting since 2011, will allow us to maintain the McCullough Peaks population within its AML,” said Stewart.

Animals removed from the McCullough Peaks HMA will be available for adoption April 26-27 in Powell. Further information will be made available as the adoption nears.

“I encourage people to adopt these trainable horses and look forward to all 20 removed horses finding new homes,” said BLM Wild Horse Specialist Tricia Hatle. Any horses 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.

For more information about the bait trap removal or upcoming adoption, please visit or contact Hatle at 307-578-5900 or

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: 02-08-2013