CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management said on Thursday that they plan to remove 3,555 wild horses from populations in southwestern Wyoming in early October.
The horses will be gathered from herd management areas (HMAs) in Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado.
“The gather is necessary to return the five HMAs to the appropriate management level, and any mares released back into the HMAs will be treated with fertility control,” the BLM says.
The BLM said that an environmental assessment they completed analyzed gathering 4,397 horses from the five herd management areas.
“Of these, 3,555 wild horses will be selectively removed as excess wild horses, and 842 will be released back into the HMAs after mares are treated with fertility control,” the BLM says.
Following the gather, the population across the five areas would be about 1,550 wild horses.
The BLM said that they made their environmental assessment available to the public on March 31 and received 1,754 public comments during a review period.
“The environmental assessment, finding of no significant impact and decision record are available at https://go.usa.gov/xpaEN,” the BLM says. “The decision is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the decision record.”
“Wild horses that are removed will be available for adoption to qualified applicants. To learn more about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and adopting a Wyoming wild horse, visit blm.gov/whb or contact the national information center at 866-486-7826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”