BLM Seeks Bids for Short-Term Wild Horse Care Facilities

BLM Seeks Bids for Short-Term Wild Horse Care Facilities

There are more than 48,000 wild horses and burros residing in either short-term corrals or long-term pastures.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new short-term holding facilities in 17 Western and Midwestern states for wild horses and burros removed from overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands.

The BLM’s solicitation is for multiple short-term facilities accommodating a minimum of 200 wild horses and/or burros in a safe and humane condition. The short-term facilities must be close to and readily accessible from a major U.S. interstate or highway.

Each short-term facility must be able to provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for four one-year extensions. The animals will remain in a short-term holding facility until they are adopted or can be transported to a long-term pasture. The solicitation is open until June 2.

The states under consideration for this solicitation are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In Oregon and Washington, the area west of the Cascade Mountains is excluded. A future solicitation will cover states in the East.

The BLM’s bidding requirements are posted in solicitation L14PS00389, the details of which are available at To obtain the solicitation:

  • Click on "Search Public Opportunities";
  • Under "Search Criteria," select "Reference Number";
  • Input the solicitation number (L14PS00389); and
  • Click "Search” and the solicitation information will appear.

The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it. Applicants must be registered at to be considered for a contract award.

Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages and protectsanimals while ensuring that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. The BLM says that, to ensure healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands, the group removes excess animals from the range to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population every four years.

The free-roaming population of BLM-managed wild horses and burros is at least 40,605 (as of Feb. 28, 2013), which exceeds by nearly 14,000 the number determined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level. Off the range, there are more than 48,000 wild horses and burros cared for in either short-term corrals or long-term pastures. All these animals, whether on or off the range, are protected by the BLM under the 1971 law.

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