Beginning on January 22, the BLM utilized bait trapping to remove 20 wild horses and seven domestic horses from the HMA. This removal brought the population of adult wild horses back to within the herd’s appropriate management level (AML) range of 70-140 horses—the number of horses that the rangeland can sustain in balance with other public resources and uses.
Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart was pleased that the bait trap removal was safe, effective and low-stress for the horses. “Future small removals like this one, in conjunction with the fertility control we’ve been administering through field darting since 2011, will allow us to maintain the McCullough Peaks population within its AML,” said Stewart.
Animals removed from the McCullough Peaks HMA will be available for adoption April 26-27 in Powell. Further information will be made available as the adoption nears.
“I encourage people to adopt these trainable horses and look forward to all 20 removed horses finding new homes,” said BLM Wild Horse Specialist Tricia Hatle. Any horses that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
For more information about the bait trap removal or upcoming adoption, please visitwww.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html or contact Hatle at 307-578-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org.