“It’s the time of year when we start to see new foals in the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area,” said BLM Supervisory Range Management Specialist Tricia Hatle. “It’s imperative that people give the horses their space, move back if they approach and never follow pregnant mares.”
Watching and photographing wild horses at a too-close proximity can create stressful situations that could result in foal abandonment and horses becoming habituated to people, the BLM said—if a wild horse changes its behavior because of your presence, you are too close.
The BLM recommends staying at least 300 feet—the length of one football field—from wild horses.
Hatle said she’s seen an increase in the number of foals abandoned over the past decade as wild horse viewing popularity and interest in the McCullough Peaks herd, specifically, have increased.
“I’m happy that people have taken such an interest in the McCullough Peaks herd,” she said, “but the best way to protect these horses and to keep them wild is to enjoy them from a distance.”
Hatle recommends taking binoculars and a camera with a telephoto lens when looking for wild horses.
For more information, please contact Hatle at 307-578-5900 or stop by the Cody Field Office at 1002 Blackburn Street.