Annual public hearing on aircraft and motorized vehicle use for wild horse management set for Aug. 2

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RBC | The Bureau of Land Management is conducting its annual public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft for monitoring and managing wild horses on public lands in Colorado.  The meeting will be held Aug. 2 from 6-7 p.m. at the BLM Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.

A public hearing is required before helicopters or motorized vehicles can be used in wild horse management in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

The BLM plans to use helicopters, fixed wing aircrafts and other motorized vehicles to estimate population numbers and obtain seasonal distribution information for wild horse herds throughout Colorado. While no wild horse gathers are expected over the next year in Colorado, the hearing will cover using helicopters to assist in gathering excess wild horses should a gather be planned.

The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

Special to the Herald Times