The Bureau of Land Management has prepared an environmental assessment and is seeking public comment on a proposed wild horse gather on the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado herd management areas in southwestern Wyoming.
Comments will be accepted for 30 days on the plan, which proposes removal of about 3,500 horses across the five herd management areas. In addition, the environmental assessment proposes non-permanent fertility control treatments. The BLM also analyzed a no-action alternative and three additional action alternatives that include a variety of other fertility control methods.
The BLM estimates there are over 5,100 wild horses within the five herd management areas, and the appropriate management level, which is the point at which the wild horse population is consistent with the rangeland’s capacity to support the herds is between 1,550 to around 2,160 horses.
Comments from the public, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. BLM officials say that those who make comments can ask that their identifying information be withheld from public review, but the BLM cannot guarantee that can be done.
The environmental assessment can be reviewed and public comments submitted on the BLM’s ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1501993/510.