The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office will soon be gathering and wild horses from within and outside the Sulphur Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Utah.

The BLM will gather approximately 700 horses. Of those gathered, approximately 300 adoptable-aged horses will be removed from the range. Approximately 400 horses, including 100-150 mares treated with the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida -22 (also known as PZP-22) will be released back onto the Sulphur HMA.

The Sulphur HMA is located in western Iron, Beaver, and Millard counties, approximately 50 miles west of Milford, in the Indian Peak and Mountain Home mountain ranges. The Sulphur HMA contains approximately 265,675 acres.

Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 18. 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 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 Border Inn Gas Station located on Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada state line, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST.

Participants must provide their own transportation, water, and food. The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh winter field conditions. Binoculars and high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are also strongly recommended. Please note that no public restrooms will be available once the tour begins.

Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low-flying helicopters and should avoid recreational use of drones along Highway 21 and within the Mountain Home area. Brief road closures could also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.

Gather updates and information will be posted at bit.ly/SulphurGather. Updates will also be available on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #SulphurGather.

Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for on off-range pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Details on the environmental assessment and the gather can be found on the BLM’s planning documents website at goo.gl/fo638L. More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at 435/743-3100.

To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website on.doi.gov/2h11lDS.

For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, public affairs specialist, at 435/743-3128 or lreid@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800/877-8339 to leave a message or question for Reid. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and replies are provided during normal business hours.