wild horses
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced June 17 that it is seeking contractors to provide corral space for wild horses and burros gathered from public rangelands in the West.

The BLM said it will award contracts to facilities in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming that can accommodate 500-3,500 wild horses and burros in safe, humane conditions. Corrals will serve as short-term holding and preparation facilities for animals to be transferred to off-range pastures or adoption and sale locations further east.

The BLM said it removes animals from the range to control herd size, which can double in population every four years because wild horses and burros have virtually no predators to naturally control population growth. These rapidly growing populations and the stress they place on the landscape requires BLM to remove more animals from the range than can immediately place into private care, the agency said. Off-range care facilities provide needed capacity to hold these animals while providing veterinary care and preparing them for adoption, the BLM said, and provide support for BLM’s mission of maintaining healthy wild horse and burro herds on healthy rangelands.

Depending on their condition, wild horses and burros can only be transported a certain distance in a single day (typically no more than 10 hours). Consequently, it is necessary to have a network of strategically located off-range corrals to allow for safe and humane shipment, the BLM said. For that reason, facilities must be within 10 hours drive time of regional herd management areas. Specifically, facilities in Colorado must be west of I-25, north of I-76, and no more than 25 miles south of Hwy 50. Facilities in Utah must be east of I-15 and north of I-70. In Wyoming, facilities must be south of Hwy 20 and 26. Facilities outside the boundaries will not be considered.

Facilities must also be staffed by personnel with knowledge, skill, and ability to safely handle wild horses and burros and be capable of providing appropriate veterinary care.

Bids will be accepted through Aug. 8.

Applicants who are new to conducting business with the government must first obtain a Dun and Bradstreet number at dnb.com and then register at sam.gov to respond to the solicitation. No fee is involved. The solicitation describes what to submit to the BLM and where to send it.

To obtain the contract solicitation:

  1. Go to fedconnect.net;
  2. Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
  3. Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number”;
  4. Enter the solicitation’s reference number: 140L0119R0004;
  5. Click “Search” and, once the solicitation information appears, download the information on the right.

For assistance with general questions, please contact Kemi Ismael at 202/912-7098 or kismael@blm.gov. A list of frequently asked questions is available at go.usa.gov/xUYUb.

As of March 1, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated to be 88,090, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can sustainably support in balance with other wildlife and uses of the land, the BLM said. The BLM is legally required to maintain healthy wild horse and burro herds on healthy rangelands as part of its multiple-use mission. To learn more about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit blm.gov/whb.