BLM conducts wild horse gather in Carbon County
PRICE– Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office recently announced that it is conducting a wild horse gather within and outside the Range Creek Herd Management Area (HMA). The BLM plans to gather an estimated 200 wild horses due to declining rangeland health and overpopulation of wild horses and to curb their movement onto private lands.
The Range Creek HMA, located in Carbon County, is approximately 20 miles northeast of Price in the Tavaputs Plateau. It consists of approximately 55,000 acres of federal, state and private lands.
The HMA has a current estimated population of 282 horses, which is projected to reach 338 with the 2019 foal crop. The Appropriate Management Level has been established at 75-125 wild horses.
The gather impacts are described and analyzed in the Range Creek Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA and Decision Record are posted on the BLM web-site at http://bit.ly/RangeCreekEA.
Horses removed from the range will be prepared for the BLM adoption and sale program. For more information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.blm.gov/whb or call (866) 468-7826.
For additional gather-specific information, contact Mike Tweddell at (435) 636-3609. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.
For more information, visit www.BLM.gov/WHB.