The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding two hearings—one in Idaho and one in Montana—regarding motor vehicle and helicopter use in wild horse management operations.

Idaho—The Idaho BLM is inviting the public to submit comments on Jan. 23, from 1-2 p.m. at:

BLM Challis Field Office

721 East Main Avenue, Suite 8

Challis, ID 83226

This hearing is being held to obtain information about the public’s views, comments and suggestions about the BLM’s use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in managing wild horses within Idaho during the coming year (Feb. 2018 to Jan. 2019). The BLM said it believes that partnerships and inclusion are vital to maintaining sustainable, working public lands.

Submitted comments should include the submitter’s address, phone number and e-mail. Please be aware that the entire comment, including personal identifying information, could be made publicly available at any time. While individuals can request to have their personal information withheld from public view, the BLM said it cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

Interested parties that are unable to attend the hearing in person can submit written statements beginning to BLM_ID_WHB_MotorizedHearing@blm.gov.

Montana—The public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses and burros within Montana and the Dakotas will take place Feb. 2, from 10-11 a.m., at the BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, in Billings, Montana.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive information and public comments on the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft to inventory, monitor, gather, remove, and transport excess animals. Before motorized vehicles can be used, a public hearing is required in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The BLM proposes to use motorized vehicles to obtain population estimates, collect monitoring information, transport animals, and gather excess wild horses.

For more information, contact Jerrie Bertola at 406/896-5223.