The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office says it will be gathering and removing wild horses causing public health and safety concerns along Highway 21 near the Sulphur herd management area (HMA). Efforts to remove approximately 100 horses are scheduled to begin on Feb. 26.

Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations once they begin, provided the safety of the animals, staff, and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted, the bureau says.

The BLM says the Sulphur HMA has an appropriate management level of 250 horses, but the current HMA horse population is approximately 830 animals. This situation has created public health and safety issues for the horses and motorists along Highway 21 near the HMA. Some horses have migrated to the outer most parts of the HMA due to over population and forage limitations and are encroaching on Highway 21.

Beginning Feb. 26, escorted tours for interested public will be provided each day of the gather operations. Participants should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station located on Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada Border, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, and be ready to leave promptly at 7:00 a.m. MST. The dates and departure times for public tours are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. Please check the gather hotline at 435/865-3030 for changes or updates.

Participants must provide their own transportation, water, and lunches. The BLM recommends wearing footwear and clothing suitable for harsh field conditions. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also very strongly recommended.