In two days, weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management will begin the Fifteenmile Roundup, in the Fifteenmile HMA in northern Wyoming
The nearest town is Worland. This HMA is very remote, little visited and boasts incredible rock formations, buttes, canyons, hoodoos and very colorful wild horses. The horses in this area are not used to being visited by photographers and tend to run at the mere sight of a vehicle. They have been relatively unmolested by the BLM since the last helicopter roundup in 2009. This to my mind made this herd a potential candidate for a study on the rate of wild horse births in a herd not subjected to constant roundup and removal, every 2 – 3 years. The National Academy of Sciences study found that the constant roundup and removal has an increase in birth rate as its result. But the BLM is going forward with the roundup anyway, and plans to remove 600 out of the approximately 700 wild horses that they estimate are in the HMA.
This is the official link to information on the roundup and includes information on how members of the public can observe. To read about my comments against the roundup and proposed removal of 600 of the 700 wild horses living with their families in this area:
I will be providing updates and information as the roundup progresses.
To find out about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our efforts to keep wild horses wild and free on our public lands, go to http://www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org