BLM Set to Begin Bible Springs Complex Wild Horse Gather

BLM Set to Begin Bible Springs Complex Wild Horse Gather

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be removing excess wild horses from areas within and outside the Bible Springs Complex in Iron and Beaver counties, Utah, beginning Aug. 15.

“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population and healthy rangelands in the Bible Springs Complex Herd Management Area,” said BLM Cedar City Acting Field Manager Paul Briggs. “By managing herd growth, we are ensuring enough food and water is available for the wild horses, while at the same time protecting public rangeland resources and reducing conflicts with private land owners.”

The Bible Springs Complex includes the Four Mile, Tilly Creek, and Bible Springs herd management areas (HMA). The current wild horse population estimate in the Bible Springs Complex is approximately 619 animals; the BLM plans to gather and remove 100 wild horses from state, private, and BLM-managed lands. Animals removed from the range will be available for adoption through BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures.

The public is welcome to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours, provided the safety of the animals, staff, and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted. Observers must provide their own transportation, water, and food. No public restrooms will be available. The BLM recommends weather appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended. Those interested in participating should meet at the Maverik Adventure’s First Stop, 220 North Airport Rd in Cedar City, Utah, where tours will depart at 5 a.m. MST. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801/539-4050.

Visitors and observers to the gather area should be aware that low flying helicopters will be used as part of the operation. Flying unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) near the Wah Wah and Indian Peak Mountain ranges will be prohibited during the gather. Brief road closures might also be needed to allow horse movement during gather operations.

Gather updates and information will be posted at bit.ly/BSCgather. Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #BSCGather. To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at on.doi.gov/2h11lDS.

Details on the environmental assessment for this gather can be found at bit.ly/BSC_EA.

For more information, contact public affairs specialist Lisa Reid at 435/743-3128 or lreid@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) can call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339 to leave a message or question for Reid. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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