Unedited BLM Press Release
Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Friday, July1
FILLMORE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management’s Fillmore and Cedar field offices will soon be gathering and removing excess wild horses from within and outside the Conger and Frisco Wild Horse herd management areas in western Utah.
In these gathers, the BLM will remove approximately 250 excess wild horses from both the Conger and Frisco HMAs to achieve a research population of approximately 100 animals in each area. Based on past gather success, multiple gathers may be needed to achieve this population level. Some horses will be fitted with tracking devices and returned to the range as part of a research project.
Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Friday, July1. Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
The BLM will conduct escorted public tours to gather observation sites. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline, (435) 865-3030.
Those interested in participating should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station at the junction of Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada state line, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, where tours will depart at 6 a.m. MST.
Participants must provide their own transportation, water and food. The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh field conditions. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended.
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying helicopters and should avoid recreational use of drones near the Conger Mountain and Frisco Mountain area. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
Gather updates and information will be posted at: http://bit.ly/SinbadGather . Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #SinbadGather2016.
Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Some horses will be fitted with radio collars and global positioning system tracking devices and returned to both HMAs. This will provide data on free-roaming horse locations and movement to help the BLM improve understanding of herd behavior.
Details on the EA and the proposed action can be found on the BLM’s planning documents website: https://goo.gl/pNIggw .
More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at (435) 743-3100.