By John LaConte, The Aspen Times
November 18, 2020
The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office will host an in-person public hearing on Thursday to receive comments on a plan to conduct helicopter roundups on wild horses in western Colorado.
While there are no wild burros in Colorado, the BLM estimates the Western Slope to have more than 2,000 wild horses. The Bureau wants to reduce that number to about 800.
The Surprise Complex (Complex) includes the Massacre Lakes, Bitner, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon, High Rock, and Fox Hog Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and spans nearly 400,000 acres in Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently estimates that approximately 1,300 - 1,700 horses call the Complex home.
Despite the Modoc National Forest still closed due to fire concerns, the U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with the roundup and removal of wild horses from California’s largest wild horse herd.
The Owyhee Complex (Complex) includes the Little Owyhee, Owyhee, Rock Creek and Snowstorm Mountains Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and spans over 1 million acres in Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently estimates that as of May 2021, approximately 1,118 wild horses call the Complex home. However, the BLM’s unscientifically low Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Complex – the number of horses the agency claims that the range can sustainably support in conjunction with other animals and resource uses – is 621-999 horses.
The Checkerboard region in Wyoming includes five separate Herd Management Areas (HMAs), Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado, and spans 3.4 million acres.
Amid public outrage, federal helicopters descended on Wyoming’s wild horses with the goal of rounding up nearly 50% of the states horses
Barring a compromise, the roundup will slash the wild horse population in these HMAs to just 1,550 — the lowest the BLM can legally go — leaving just 1 horse for every 2,217 acres.
By Scott Streater, E&E News
GREENWIRE | The Bureau of Land Management is planning to conduct one of its largest-ever roundup operations next week in southwestern Wyoming to remove thousands of excess wild horses from a patchwork quilt of public-private lands.
The proposed roundup and permanent removal of 3,500 wild horses from five federal herd management areas is set to begin Oct. 7 and amounts to nearly half the total 7,700 wild horses roaming federal rangelands across the Cowboy State.
The agency prepares to remove 50% of Wyoming’s wild horse population