BLM to gather excess wild horses in Piceance East Douglas area

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RBC | The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River Field Office signed a decision to gather and remove excess wild horses from the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area in northwestern Colorado.

“The BLM is committed to sustaining an ecological balance in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA,” said White River Field Manager Kent Walter. “Our goal is to have healthy horses on healthy rangelands.”

The appropriate management level in the HMA is 135-235 horses. Current estimates place the herd population at 838 wild horses. As part of the decision, helicopter and/or bait trapping methods may be used for gather operations. Fertility treatments will be used to curb annual herd population growth.

The decision and its associated documents are available online at https://go.usa.gov/x7fcQ. Appeals to the decision will be accepted over the next 30 days and must be submitted in writing to: Field Manager, BLM White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.

For information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro

3 Comments

  1. Excess? Really?? What Bull Crap! It is ALL FOR PROFITS. WHY DON’T THEY ACTUALLY MANAGE THEM, INSTEAD OF HARMING THEM??

    money THAT IS WHY.
    AND IT IS COSTING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MILLION AND MILLIONS TO DO IT! HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WE ARE OUTRAGED AS AMERICANS WHO CHERISH OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND ALL THE ANIMALS ON THEM, NOT INCLUDING RANCHER’S COW AND SHEEP, IF THEY ARE DISPLACING THE WILD ANIMALS..this has got to stop before these horses are extinct. (inhumane actions not accepted).

  2. This b.s. there isn’t a population issue. Its competition over grazing. Its been a over grazing issue for decades.
    The majority of grazing are has-been a sold deal with China,Japan, Korea and Taiwan Billion dollar with the Cattlemens Association and Livestock Growers Association three years ago.
    To meet the demands cattle need more grazing and increase Herd sizes to fill export demands.
    Americans don’t eat eat range beef, the majority is exported and the rest goes to high end restaurants.
    American eat the grain feed abused Livestock living in contained feedlots or imported from poorer countries.
    Jesus Crist how can you post a article that doesn’t reveal the truth, another article playing and bought for by Livestock Ranchers.

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