BLM News Release: BLM to conduct Muddy Creek wild horse round-up in Emery County

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News Release
Price Field Office, Utah                                                                                                                    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Media Contact:  Lisa Reid 
September 4, 2018                                                                           (435) 743-3128

BLM to conduct Muddy Creek wild horse round-up in Emery County

PRICE, Utah—Continued drought conditions and an overpopulation of wild horses is prompting the Bureau of Land Management to plan for the removal of excess horses from areas in and around the Muddy Creek Management Area (HMA) in Emery County starting on Sept. 11.

Approximately 149 animals will be removed in order to reach the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 75-125 animals.  Once gather operations are completed and the AML is achieved, fertility control will be administered to in order to help reduce population increases in the HMA.

The Muddy Creek HMA is located approximately 20 miles south of Ferron, in the San Rafael Swell.  It consists of approximately 283,400 acres of public and state lands.

Opportunities are available for the public to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours so long as conditions remain safe for both the animals and participants and that operations are not disrupted.  Observers must provide their own transportation, water, and food.  No public restrooms will be available.  The BLM recommends weather-appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing.  Binoculars and four-wheel drive or other high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended.  

Those interested in participating will have two locations to meet for daily tours.  One location is the Gas-n-Go convenience store, 970 West Main Street, Green River, Utah, departing at 6:00 a.m. MDT.  The second location is UT I-70 Exit 131, Temple Mountain Road at the kiosk on the south side of the exit, departing at 6:30 a.m.  Gather and tour information may change daily, and will be posted each evening on the BLM Utah gather hotline, (801) 539-4050.

Visitors and observers should be aware that low flying helicopters will be used as part of the operation.  Flying of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) near the San Rafael Swell region south of I-70 from the McKay Flat area, west to the Cathedral Valley scenic byway will be prohibited during the gather to ensure safety of the gather operation.  Traffic may also be stopped for short intervals on roads in the area to allow for safe movement of horses during gather operations.

Horses removed from the range will be transported to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah.  The facility will be closed when the horses are being off loaded and for a period following, to allow the horses to settle before being prepped for the adoption and sale program.

Gather updates and information will be posted at:  Anyone interested can receive updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching#BLMUTWildHorseGather.  To learn more about how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at or call (866) 468-7826.

The gather is expected to last approximately six days.  For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435) 743-3128 or Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid.  The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.