BLM Offering Public Off-Range Pasture Tour in Oklahoma

BLM Offering Public Off-Range Pasture Tour in Oklahoma

As of March 2017, there are 46,015 wild horses and burros that are fed and cared for at off-range pastures, corrals, and eco-sanctuaries.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting two free tours on Saturday, Aug. 12, at a wild horse off-range pasture in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view more than 400 geldings roaming on approximately 1,700 acres of land inside the Tall Grass Prairie.

A shuttle bus will transport attendees to and from the off-range pasture site from the designated pick-up and drop-off location. Personal vehicles, glass containers, and cans are not allowed on the tour. Only drinks with lids are permitted.

The buses will be equipped with USB ports, air conditioning, and restrooms. Photography and videography are also welcome. It is advised that those who are attending dress in comfortable attire for the summer weather. Boarding will begin 30 minutes before each departure.

Event Details
Departure: Aug. 12, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon
RSVP contact: 866/468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov (please specify tour time)
RSVP deadline: Aug, 7
Pick-up and drop-off location: Washington Park Mall, 2350 SE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006

Wild horses and burros essentially have no natural predators, resulting in rapid population increases. If left unmanaged, herds can double in size in 4 to 5 years. To maintain wild horse and burros in good condition and protect the health of public land, BLM is tasked with managing wild horse and burro population growth.

As of March 2017, there are 46,015 wild horses and burros that are fed and cared for at off-range pastures, corrals, and eco-sanctuaries. The wild horses and burros roaming the public rangelands are protected by the BLM under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM estimates there are about 72,674 wild horses and burros roaming BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

For more information about the tour, special accommodation requests, or the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call our information call center 866/468-7826 or e-mail wildhorse@blm.gov.

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