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BLM to begin wild horse gather in Wyoming’s White Mountain area

Adobe Town, a wilderness study area, would be protected in the Rock Springs Area Resource Management Plan revision as an area of critical environmental concern, one of 16 such designations in the BLM proposal. (Bob Wick/BLM)

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management will begin a wild horse gather on or after Aug. 15 in southwest Wyoming’s White Mountain Herd Management Area. The gather is being conducted to prevent further deterioration of land health due to wild horse overpopulation in the area.

The White Mountain HMA’s appropriate management level is 205–300 wild horses. The BLM completed a population survey for the HMA in 2022 and found 549 wild horses present. Considering an estimated annual growth rate of 20%, the estimated number of wild horses within this HMA in 2024 is 791. The BLM aims to gather approximately 586 wild horses to bring the HMA down to a low appropriate management level.

Chronic wild horse overpopulation in fragile ecosystems endangers overall land health, with the possibility of permanent, irrecoverable damage to important resources and impacts to other wildlife populations. The gather is also necessary to remove animals from private lands and areas not designated for their long-term use. This decision record comes after receiving public input in February 2024.

All removed horses will be transported to the Wheatland Off-Range Corral or Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility. Upon arrival to either facility, they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the agency’s wild horse Adoption and Sales programs. BLM staff and contractors will use the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program.

Plans and supporting details surrounding this gather are available for review on the ePlanning website

To learn more about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and adopting a Wyoming wild horse, click here or contact the national information center at 866-486-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.

For technical information, please contact BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Jay D’Ewart at 307-352-0331. For all other questions, please contact the BLM Wyoming State Office Public Affairs at BLM_WY_912@blm.gov.