BLM will gather and remove wild horses from Red Desert complex
WYOMING – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made a decision to gather and remove wild horses from the Red Desert Complex which includes Green Mountain, Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek herd management areas located in Fremont, Sweetwater, Carbon, and Natrona Counties.
The Bureau says that, “Wild horses essentially have no natural predators, resulting in a rapid increase in population. If not appropriately managed, herds double in size every four to five years. To maintain wild horses in good physical condition and protect the health of the public land, the BLM must manage their population growth.”
The BLM estimates, through use of aerial surveys, that the Red Desert Complex’s population is approaching 3,000 horses, with an “appropriate management level” of less than 724 horses. The horses have begun moving outside of their established herd management areas and impacting areas outside of designated zones.
Both Rawlins and Lander Field Offices will gather and remove the wild horses at a future date that has not yet been determined. The BLM says that the action will accomplish the following:
- Help return wild horse populations to within appropriate management levels.
- Ensure long-term viability of sage-grouse populations within the complex.
- Help the BLM administer the PZP-22 fertility control vaccine to mares returned to the complex.