OWYHEE COUNTY — The Bureau of Land Management says it has completed its gathering of wild horses, after the area the animals were located in was left devastated by the 280,000-acre Soda Fire.
BLM crews were able to gather a total of 279 horses: 173 from the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area, 78 from the Black Mountain HMA and 28 from the Sands Basin HMA.
The BLM says a group of horses were returned to the Black Mountain HMA, including four mares that were treated with a fertility control vaccine.
In addition, a veterinarian treated many of the horses from the Hardtrigger HMA for burn injuries.
BLM experts are still working to determine which horses will return to the range and which ones will be available for adoption in the fall. There are other options as well, including Trainer Incentive and Extreme Mustang Makeover programs. Some of the horses may also be traveling to the Palomino Valley National Adoption Center.
The horses that go into the adoption program still have to undergo further care, including an update on vaccinations and de-worming. The process may take several weeks and the BLM says once the work is complete, there will be more opportunities to visit the horses at the Corrals.
Meanwhile, the BLM says it will implement emergency stabilization and rehabilitation activities on the fire-impacted lands in the coming months and years.