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BLM Wyoming Sets Wild Horse Hearing for August 23, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 11, 2010

ROCK SPRINGS, WY – The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District Office has scheduled a public meeting on the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in wild horse management operations.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office (280 Hwy. 191 North), according to a BLM media release.

The BLM will accept public comments and suggestions about its use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses in Wyoming for the coming year. Comments made during the formal public hearing will be recorded, and summaries will be available upon request.

Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are commonly used in conducting population inventories, habitat and population monitoring and removal operations. Semi-trucks, trailers and pickup trucks are used to transport horses to adoptions and holding facilities. The BLM plans to use helicopters to help gather wild, free-roaming horses from the public lands in Wyoming between this month and July 2011.

For more information about the meeting, contact Jay D’Ewart at (307) 352-0331 or Jenny Lesieutre at (307) 775-6097.


5 Responses to “BLM Wyoming Sets Wild Horse Hearing for August 23, 2010”

  1. Jan said

    would hope this meeting might be online live like the last one was ginger kathrens and madeline pickens attended

  2. Roxy said

    I hope many will be able to attend.

    Why is it that New Mexico BLM uses mostly traps, keeps bands together, etc?

    Perhaps they are not corrupt and in bed with helicopter contractors? That is the only reason I can see to conduct business the way Wyoming, Nevada, and California do.

    We need to find some influence into the next Omnibus Environmental thing (thing – I can’t recall the whole title) that allows helicopters – needs to be changed in some wording that is less interpretative to only emergencies.

    And then add, BLM is not to create their own emergencies!

    • Email sent to Donna & Steven down in Bordo… I”ll letcha know soon as I get a reply.

    • Relaying message response from Steven Baker, BLM New Mexico:

      Hi Tracie,
      Thanks for the relaying the question to us.
      The BLM Socorro Field Office will use a simple water trapping method to gather horses on the Bordo Atravesado Allotment. No helicopters will be used in this gather. The primary reason for this is that the Bordo herd is relatively small (only about 107 horses), so a simple water trapping method is sufficient. Helicopters are only used to gather much larger herds, sometimes numbering in the thousands. The Bordo horses can be gathered safely and humanely, and with little stress, with this water trapping method.
      There are natural water pools in the allotment, which often dry up in the warmer months. There is also a man-made water source in a corral the horses are used to drinking out of. During the water gather, the horses will enter the corral, while a contractor will close the gate behind them.
      The capture area will be checked multiple times per day to ensure that horses have adequate feed and water and will be stressed as little as possible. No helicopters, planes, or land-based vehicles will be used in the gather.
      Regarding your question on why we keep the bands together, the horses are less stressed when they remain with horses they know and are familiar with. It’s their nature to cluster together in bands, so the BLM makes every effort to keep them together. Even when they are gathered and corralled, and later turned out, they’ll remain together in their bands.
      Depending on how many horses are caught, 40 to 50 horses will be released back into the Bordo Atravesado herd management area. Determination of which horses will be returned to the range will be based on an analysis of existing population characteristics and herd management area objectives.
      They are:
      1. Maintain a healthy herd of approximately 40 to 50 wild horses on the herd management area
      2. Horses should be sound, have good conformation, and show good breeding characteristics
      3. The herd should have a mix of colors for aesthetic quality
      4. The herd should have a sex ratio of approximately one male to five mature females to achieve optimum reproduction and ensure genetic diversity (increased genetic diversity will improve the overall health and vigor of the herd.)
      I hope this helps. Thank you for the question.
      Stephen Baker
      Public Affairs Specialist
      BLM New Mexico State Office
      301 Dinosaur Trail
      Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
      Phone: (505) 954-2022

      • Roxy said

        I love New Mexico! Maybe I’ll move there (I lived in Silver City once – loved it). I am definatly planning a vacation trip there.

        Perhaps they are just lucky they round up small numbers? How is that I wonder?

        Since I see large herds as just many groups of small numbers – there is still no excuse for helicopters.

        40 to 50 sounds too low – I know they have said they will add horses if needed – but I have yet to be told where those horses will come from.

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