BLM to Begin Bible Springs Complex Wild Horse Gather

The BLM plans to gather and remove 350 wild horses from state, private, and agency-managed lands.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced it will be removing excess wild horses from areas within and outside the Bible Springs Complex in Utah’s Iron and Beaver counties beginning Jan. 30.

“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population and healthy rangelands in the Bible Springs Complex herd management area,” said BLM Cedar City Field Manager Paul Briggs. “By reducing the current population numbers, we are ensuring enough food and water is available for the remaining wild horses, while at the same time protecting public rangeland resources and reducing conflicts with private land owners.”

The Bible Springs Complex encompasses the Blawn Wash, Four Mile, Bible Springs, and Tilly Creek herd management areas. The current wild horse population estimate in the Bible Springs Complex is approximately 711 animals; the BLM plans to gather and remove 350 wild horses from state, private, and agency-managed lands. Animals removed from the range will be available for adoption through BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those not adopted will be cared for in contracted off-range corrals and pastures.

The public is welcome to observe daily operations through BLM escorted tours—provided animal, staff, and observer safety is not jeopardized—and operations are not disrupted. Observers must provide their own transportation, water, and food. No public restrooms will be available. The BLM recommends weather appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles are also strongly recommended. Those interested in participating should meet at the Maverik Adventure’s First Stop, 220 North Airport Rd., in Cedar City, Utah, where tours will depart at 5:30 a.m. MST. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801/539-4050

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