BLM Colorado Seeks Comment on Proposed Wild Horse Gather

The BLM is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in northwest Colorado.

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The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in northwest Colorado in order to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations.

The BLM said maintaining healthy wild horse populations is a key aspect of its multiple use mission to manage public lands for a variety of natural resources and uses. When wild horse herds grow to levels that are unsustainable for local resources, the ecological balance of these areas is altered and can impact plant and animal species on the range.

The BLM is proposing to use a helicopter to locate and guide wild horses toward a set of corrals as well as using water and bait trapping. The gathers could begin as early as September 2015. Up to 167 wild horses could be gathered and removed from the White River Field Office in 2015.

The White River Field Office manages the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area to maintain a healthy wild horse herd in balance with other resources and uses. This area currently has an estimated 377 wild horses, but the appropriate management level for that area is between 135 and 235 wild horses. The adjacent West Douglas Herd Area is not managed for wild horses but currently has an estimated population of 365 wild horses. Gathers could occur in either area as well as areas within the White River Field Office outside these boundaries

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