BLM Releases 2015 Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Gather Decision

The BLM will conduct a bait- and water-trap gather to remove 15 to 20 young wild horses this year.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Montana’s Billings Field Office has released the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range bait/water trapping gather finding of no significant impact/decision record and environmental assessment (EA).

The field office received hundreds of comments during the public comment period and selected Alternative A, which was developed from public comment recommendations, information provided through public scoping, and elements of the proposed action as the selected alternative.

“We’re very lucky to have a diverse set of partners and a public with special knowledge of the horses and resources that are able to provide constructive input into the process and are committed to the well-being of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range,” said Billings Field Manager Jim Sparks.

The selected alternative consists of a nonhelicopter bait- and water-trap gather that would remove 15 to 20 adoptable excess wild horses between the ages of 1-3 this year. In following years, as fertility control treatments are applied, smaller gathers would occur as birth and death rates equalize and the number of wild horses becomes more stable

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