BLM to Begin Frisco Wild Horse Gather, Removal, and Research

Some gathered horses will be fitted with tracking devices and returned to the range as part of the research project.
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah’s Cedar City Field Office will soon be gathering and removing excess wild horses from within and outside the Frisco Wild Horse herd management area (HMA) in western Utah.

The BLM will gather approximately 150 and remove 90 excess wild horses from the Frisco HMA to achieve a research population of an estimated 100 animals on the HMA. Some horses will be fitted with tracking devices and returned to the range as part of the project. The BLM hopes this program will provide data on free-roaming horse locations and movement to help improve understanding of herd behavior.

Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Jan. 6. Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided the safety of the animals, staff, and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted, the BLM said.

The BLM will conduct escorted public tours to gather observation sites. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801/539-4050. Those interested in participating should meet at the KB Express Convenience Store/Subway at 238 South Main in Milford, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST

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