Wild horse gather planned this fall
BLM releases decision on wild horse herd plan near Worland
August 22, 2019
WORLAND – The Bureau of Land Management Worland Field Office has released a decision record that approves two management actions in the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA), located approximately 35 miles northwest of Worland in Washakie, Big Horn and Park counties.
This decision demonstrates the BLM’s commitment to maintaining healthy wild horses on healthy, productive public rangelands, the BLM said in a press release.
The decision approves an update to the Fifteenmile HMA Plan, which will guide future management of the HMA and the wild horses within it for the next several years. The update includes adjustments to wild horse herd and habitat monitoring objectives.
The decision also approves a gather and removal of excess wild horses in the HMA, tentatively scheduled to occur this fall. The HMA’s appropriate management level (AML) is 100–230 wild horses, as determined in the HMA plan update. The AML is the point at which the wild horse population is consistent with the land’s capacity to support it and other mandated uses of those lands. Based on recent aerial surveys, the BLM estimates that the population is approaching 700 horses, more than three times the AML.
The gather operation will include removing wild horses to return the population to the low range of the AML. Horses that have moved outside the HMA boundary, including onto private and state lands, will be removed. Wild horses that are removed will be available for adoption to qualified applicants.
According to the BLM press release, wild horses essentially have no natural predators, resulting in a rapid increase in population. If not appropriately managed, herds double in size every four to five years.
To maintain wild horses in good physical condition and protect the health of public land, the BLM must manage their population growth.
To learn more about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and adopting a Wyoming wild horse, visit BLM.GOV/WHB or contact the national information center at 866-468-7826 or [email protected].
The environmental assessment, finding of no significant impact and decision record are available by visiting the BLM website at: http://go.usa.gov/xQrRP.
The decision is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the decision record.