BLM Conducting Scoping for Wyoming Wild Horse Gather

BLM Conducting Scoping for Wyoming Wild Horse Gather

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs and Rawlins Field Offices, in Wyoming, are launching a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental assessment on a proposed wild horse gather in the Salt Wells Creek, Adobe Town, and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

The field offices are proposing to gather and remove wild horses to bring the populations to the HMAs’ low appropriate management level (AML) to comply with the 2013 Consent Decree Rock Springs Grazing Association v. Salazar (Civil Action No. 11-CV-263-NDF).

Current Wild Horse Populations

HMA Current Population AML
Salt Wells Creek 835 251-365
Adobe Town 820 610-800
Great Divide Basin 650 415-600

 

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed environmental assessment. Written comments should be received by April 4, and should be e-mailed to blm_wy_adobetown_saltwells_hma@blm.gov (please include “2017 AML Gather” in the subject line) or mailed or hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time) to: BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 2017 AML Gather, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

The BLM estimates that 1,029 wild horses will be removed to achieve the low AML in the three HMAs (584 removed from Salt Wells Creek, 210 removed from Adobe Town, and 235 removed from Great Divide Basin HMA). The proposed gather is expected to take place in fall 2017.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact the BLM at 307-352-0256.

A copy of the project map and additional details are available online.

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