BLM to begin 2nd Year of the Conger Wild Horse Roundup and Research Study

Note:  The BLM has set the AML (Appropriate Management Level) for the Conger HMA in Utah (170,993 acres) at ONLY 40-80 wild horses – not even a viable herd number.  How many stallions are they going to geld?

                                                                                                                (Photo: BLM)

From BLM News Release:

BLM to begin Year 2 of the Conger Wild Horse Gather and Research Study

Public welcome to observe gather operations

FILLMORE, Utah The BLM Fillmore Field Office is planning to begin gather operations on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in support of the research wild horse gather in the Conger Herd Management Area (HMA) west of Delta, Utah.

“This gather is in year two of a research study that is being conducted on wild horse behavior and ecology, said BLM West Desert District Wild Horse Specialist Trent Staheli.  “It will examine the behavioral effects of gelding, population dynamics, fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements and habitat range among other things.”

Research is being conducted at the scale of both the individual and population levels and is in coordination with the United States Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center and Colorado State University within the Conger Herd Management Area.

The public is welcome to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours provided that the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and that operations are not disrupted.  Observers must provide their own transportation, water and food.  Public restrooms will not be available. The BLM recommends weather appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are-strongly recommended.

Those interested in participating should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station at the junction of Hwy 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada state line, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST. Daily adjustments to this schedule and specific details will be recorded daily on the BLM gather hotline, (801) 539-4050.

Visitors and observers to the gather area should be aware that low flying helicopters will be used as part of the operation.  Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) near the Conger Mountain ranges north of Highway 6 and 50 will be prohibited during the gather. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.

All horses gathered will be shipped to the Delta Wild Horse Facility.  The facility will be closed starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 to allow the researchers to study the horses before being returned to the range.

Gather updates and information will be posted at:  Updates are available via Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #CongerGather. To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at:

An environmental assessment is available via the BLM’s planning documents website: .  More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at (435) 743-3100.

For more information on this event, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Lisa Reid at (435)743-3128 or Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Reid. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

‘No Results Found’: Thousands of Climate Science Links Purged From USGS Online Database


Yet another U.S. agency has deleted climate change information from its website. This time, the U.S. Geological Survey’s “Science Explorer” website—a tax-payer funded online database for the public to browse USGS science programs and activities—has been purged of thousands of formerly searchable climate science links.

The startling discovery was made by Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science.

“I didn’t realize how badly Trump has eviscerated access to federal #climate data, so I went and looked at the USGS site,” he tweeted Sunday.

In a series of tweets, Gleick noted the extent to which climate-related links have been expunged from the site a month after Donald Trump took over the White House:

  • In December, there were 5,932 climate science items linked there (9 were just pictures). Today there are 416 and 292 are just pictures.
  • In December 2016, 320 of those items were links to #climate data. Today, 0 links to data. 5,271 were web links. Now, 0 web links. “And the USGS “Effects of #Climate Change” webpage had 2,825 items in December. Today, that page has zero items.
  • And the USGS “Effects of #Climate Change” webpage had 2,825 items in December. Today, that page has zero items.

Gleick found the archived pages with the Wayback Machine, but pointed out on Twitter that “archived pages are no substitute for real public access.”

He also told ThinkProgress: “This is shocking in the extent of the changes, and distressing in the sense that publicly funded data and science should be easily accessible, not hidden, and the changes move us in the wrong direction. Every federal agency website has undergone changes like this.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Wild Adobe Town Mares with Radio Collars Released in BLM and University of Wyoming Study


“18 months is a long time to wear these old fashioned, bulky and dangerous collars.  And I hope that if any of these mares do run into trouble that the researchers at University of Wyoming are actually able to release the collars before the mares die.  I still very firmly believe that the best way to study wild horses is in the field, without capturing them and removing them from their families, without endangering their lives with these dangerous radio collars.”  –  Carol Walker

The line of vehicles

By Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

On Saturday morning, on a very cold day, I joined up with the BLM, researcher from University of Wyoming and a BLM ranger as we caravaned out to Adobe Town to release wild mares that had been fitted with radio collars on Thursday.  There were also some mares that had been being held for several weeks at the Rock Springs corrals, and I was very glad that they were finally being released.  As usual, I was the only member of the public attending.

Meryl jumps out of the trailer

Her friend is just as eager to get out

We turned off at Bitter Creek Road, and started down the road, which was in good condition until after we passed Eversole Ranch. Then, as we continued south more and more big drifts of snow covered the road.  The big truck towing the horse trailer in front was breaking through the drifts for the rest of us.  After about 10 miles, we stopped, and let out the first collared mare, a light grey color, I am calling her Meryl.  She jumped out and then her friend, a bay mare jumped out behind her.

Meryl turns to look at us

Meryl and her friend do not look concerned


Even though she was being let go about 20 – 25 miles from where she had been captured, at least she had a friend with her, unlike most of the mares who had been released before, all alone.  They went a little way from the trailer, then turned around and looked at us, then casually strolling and exploring.  They did not seem alarmed.

We got back into our vehicles, then stopped after 2 miles.  After checking with the researcher, we got back in – despite the worsening road conditions he wanted us to go further away – they want these mares collars to be “spread out.”  We kept going another 2 miles until stopping at a big snow drift – the truck and trailer were stuck in a huge snow drift!  So they decided to let the remaining mares out here, just past Cow Camp, a collection of old derelict buildings.

A sorrel mare jumps out first

The mare with the radio collar and friend

Read the rest of this article HERE.

BLM and University of Wyoming Continue Dangerous Radio Collar Study on Wild Mares


“They are disturbing the horses, and risking the lives of these mares with this dangerous radio collar study.  They can die from getting tangled up with these collars.  Direct observation is much more humane and more relevant.  I am hoping that all these mares survive the two years they have to endure wearing these collars, and that I will see them with other horses this summer.”     –  Carol Walker


Notice the collar is not behind the ears, but much further down

by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

On Sunday I headed to Rock Springs, as I was told I would have an opportunity to view the release of the next group of wild mares back into Adobe Town with radio collars on their necks. If you have not been following my blogs on this you may be wondering incredulously “why would anyone do anything so cruel and dangerous to wild mares?”
Well read on and you will see.

Last week, the last mare to be released, Dove, who ran off with her family, had a radio collar that had slipped way down her neck, into what is NOT the correct position for the collar. Many people have been commenting on this, and I am still waiting for an explanation from USGS and the BLM about this. Here are the guidelines for the radio collars:

“The collar should rest just behind the ears of the equid and be tight enough so it does not slip down the neck, yet loose enough that it does not interfere with movement when the neck is flexed. The collar must fit snugly when the head is up to minimize rubbing. USGS researchers used 0-1 finger between collar and neck, depending on season collar is deployed to give consideration to the potential for weight gain. Other studies (e.g. Committee on Wild Horse and Burro Research 1991) have had problems with the fitting of collars due to animals gaining weight in spring, or losing weight in winter, causing collars to become too tight or too loose. In the USGS study, researchers did notice collars were looser or tighter at different times during the year, but it did not affect the behavior of collared mares or jennies, or cause sores or wounds on mares or jennies. Whenever collars are deployed they should be fitted by experienced personnel who can attach the collar quickly but proficiently to minimize handling stress on the animal.”

I am very concerned that this collar must be too loose, can slide around, and probably quite easily get caught in a hoof or a branch or a cliff or a fence. In my opinion, the University needs to immediately trigger the mechanism that they claim can remotely release the collar. I will keep you posted when and if I receive a response and explanation.

10 wild horses from Adobe Town are still at the Rock Springs facility. The longer they are there. the more likely they are to get diseases or become injured. They need to release these horses back into Adobe Town, where they were captured, immediately.


The first mare to be released

There were three mares in the trailer Monday morning as I followed the line of BLM and researchers out to the release sites. I was again the only member of the public along. We drove for over 2 1/2 hours before arriving at our first stop, which was in the northeast portion of Adobe Town, very near where the last mare, Dove had been released with her family.


Dulcinea, looking calm


She trots down the road toward the incoming family band

This grey mare was older, and moved slowly out of the trailer, no panic for her, just curiosity as she looked back at us. I am calling her Dulcinea. She moved along familiarizing herself with where she was, for she had been trapped probably 15 miles from this area. Suddenly we see a family of wild horses moving along the hillside straight toward the road. She sees them, and lifts her head, then trots across the road toward them.


Link to Daily Gather Reports:

The BLM Continues Lack of Transparency in Adobe Town Wild Mare Radio Collar Study

Source:  Wild Hoofbeats


Only 3 mares in the trailer?

by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

On Sunday morning I waited at the parking lot next to the corrals at the Rock Springs BLM facility. It was 1 degree above zero, and I was bundled up accordingly. I am the only member of the public there, unaffiliated with the BLM or University of Wyoming. One trailer and two trucks drive in front of me, and I am waiting for the other trailer. There are only 3 mares in this trailer, I am assuming three of the four mares that had radio collars put on on Friday. But there were 5 other mares that I had been told by Kate Schoenecker of USGS had not been collared because they were too young. In the Environmental Assessment, it states clearly that they were only going to collar mares 5 years old and older. Young mares who are still growing can be strangled by the collars. But where were the 5 other mares? They flagged me to follow, and I pulled out of the facility. When we took a break I asked where the other mares were. I was told they were still at the Rock Springs facility and they were being “re-evaluated.” What does that mean? They are either too young for the study, under 5, or they are not. Are they being kept for some other purpose? Both the EA and the BLM’s own press release state that none of the horses from Adobe Town are to be removed – they are all supposed to go back to the Herd Management Area. So what is the BLM not telling us?

These mares need to be released back to the area where they were trapped IMMEDIATELY.


Robin comes out of the trailer

We drove to Bitter Creek Road, which is about 30 minutes from Rock Springs, and we started down the road. After we got off of the paved portion of the road, conditions got worse, from occasional mud to water and ice flooded areas. It was a challenging drive. After we passed Eversole Ranch, about 10 miles later the trailer stopped and the first mare was released, a little bay I named Robin. She ran as fast as she could once she hit the ground, only turning back to look at us when she had gone what she thought was a safe distance. There were no other wild horses in sight, and I learned that all three of the mares had been trapped about 30 miles south of this area.


Robin looks back at us

We got back in our cars and continued driving for about 8 miles before stopping again to let another mare out of the trailer, this time a little sorrel I named Felicity. She turned around immediately after jumping out, looking for her friend, the grey mare in the back of the trailer. I noticed a cut over her eye that looked swollen. Any time you transport wild horses there can be injuries. It did not look deep and it did not prevent her from running off when one of the contractors shooed her away. There were no other horses around her either.


Felicity comes out of the trailer


Felicity looks back at her friend in the trailer


Felicity finally runs away

Read the rest of this story HERE, including this:

One thing that really puzzled me was that I saw piles of panels used for traps, all stacked on a semi. Neither team of contractors had a new trap set up. When I asked they told me some decision was being made at 7pm this evening, they did not tell me what. According to the BLM’s own web page on the bait trapping, they had trapped for only 5 days, starting Sunday February 5. They gathered by their own report 27 horses over the four days, and shipped 9 mares to the Rock Springs corrals. The information on the study in the EA said they would be trapping in 3-5 locations. Why then were they only trapping in two locations, and had not set up any traps after Thursday? In the EA, the BLM had written that if bait trapping “fails” they would go to a helicopter roundup. I hardly think that 5 days only is enough time to “fail.” it takes time to accustom wild horses to a trap and to let them get used to it and come in. That is what they are currently doing in Sand Wash Basin, where they have given far longer than 5 days to trap the horses.  This seems to me to be a setup to fail. If they are not continuing to bait trap then they are getting ready to bring the helicopters in. Wild horses are injured and killed when driven with helicopters. There is no justification for subjecting the wild horses of Adobe Town to a helicopter roundup when they are not even over the Appropriate Management Level for their area.

The BLM should continue to use bait trapping if they have to finish getting 16 more mares for this ill-conceived research study, or better yet, they need to go back to the drawing board and redesign the study so that the researchers use non-invasive, safe direct observation, not dangerous radio collars.

Link to Daily Gather Reports:

Stunning Lack of Tranparancy in BLM’s and University of Wyoming’s Adobe Town Wild Horse Study

Source:  Wild Hoofbeats


USGS holding radio collars, the one on the right is for the study

by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The BLM and the University of Wyoming are conducting a Radio Collar Study on wild mares in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area. I have done several blog posts about this study, calling for people to send in comments and calling for more clarification on how this study is going to be conducted. Some of my concerns are the the health and well being of the mares that will be captured by bait trapping, trailered to Rock Springs, put into squeeze chutes and have these collars put on. These collars will remain for 2 years. Then the mares will be transported back supposedly to where they were captured and released. This alone will be very traumatic for the mares and their families who will lose a family member.

But what happens when the mare gets her foot caught in the collar, or it grows into her neck because it is being put on when she is at her thinnest, and she will put on weight in the summer especially if she is pregnant? How will they be able to release the collar if she is in trouble?


Moving the mares into the shed to put collars on

These were not popular questions at the Q and A that USGS conducted yesterday at the Rock Springs corrals. I was told that they “left room” in the collars for the mares to gain weight – wouldn’t that allow her to get it caught on something more easily? And yes there were studies of mares being injured and dying in the field due to radio collars but supposedly this design was much improved. They do have a tag they can put into the mane instead but these will fall off too soon. I did ask about using direct observation as a way of gathering data but that was deemed impossible, even though it is much less intrusive. The researchers would rather track the mares on their computers rather than on the ground, in the field. I also asked weren’t they concerned about the mares being released all alone, not with their families? There was no answer to that.


The geldings in the front corral know something is going on

Before I even went to Rock Springs I had been very concerned about the lack of observation of the whole process that the BLM was allowing. Public observation helps to prevent abuse of the horses, and I am a firm believer in this.  A week ago American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign asked attorney Nick Lawton of Meyer, Glizenstein& Eubanks to write a letter asking for the opportunity to observe the bait trapping and the collaring as well as the release of the mares, as well as giving sufficient notice of at least 2 days so I could get out there. The BLM did not change its stance on the bait trapping and the collaring or the notice but did say that “the mares will be held at the facility for 24 hours after they are radio collared, and the public will be able to observe the mares from the overlook during this time period.”


Mares that were not collared

This did NOT happen. The mares after they were collared were being kept in a pen that was completely not visible from the overlook and when I asked it if could see the mares I was told no, that they have to be be kept quiet. Somehow all the torment that these mares went through was totally acceptable but having members of the public view them, even at a distance, was too hard on them.


Where the collaring was done

I could see the heads of the mares that did not have collars on, and occasionally their bodies, using my long lens. Apparently they captured 9 mares who they brought to the facility, but 5 were too young. Even I could see one of the mares looked like a yearling or at the most a two year old filly – how on earth could the people trapping the horses not be able to tell the difference between very young and mature mares? And why put these poor young mares though the stress of taking them away from their families, hauling them to the facility then hauling them back, for nothing? If they had allowed me to observe the bait trapping I could have told them these mares were too young because I have spent 13 years observing these wild horses in Adobe Town.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HEREYou’ll want to find out more about this…


Tracking device to track collars on the ground

White Mountain Roundup & Spaying Scoping – The More You Know

“I know this is a bad plan.  If you found my blog, then odds are good that you know this is a bad plan too.  It cannot be allowed to happen.  We kill all the predators and then maim all the prey and for what?  To put European sheep in the middle of a high altitude desert.  Cover-up all your screw ups by making even more mistakes.  It doesn’t matter what you do so long as the ends justify the means.  Isn’t that the true American dream?

At the very least, now you have the facts and hopefully a better understanding of the BLM’s schemes.  Comments are due by Thursday January 14th.”  –  Rachel Reeves


by Rachel Reeves

Well, the day I have been dreading for over 3 ½ years has finally arrived.  I suppose I should be thankful they waited so long instead of having it show up in August, but really, I would have been perfectly fine waiting forever only to have it never show up.

What am I talking about?  The BLM has released a scoping statement for the White Mountain Wild Horse Herd.  This is the first step of the process.  Basically, they are announcing their intentions.  The public has the opportunity to comment, at which point the BLM goes back and write a more detailed Environmental Assessment.  There is another comment period on the EA.  After that the BLM, having done their bureaucratic due diligence, proceeds to do whatever they want.

vimes-band Vimes’ Band.  Left to right: Striker, Guinivere, Saran, Chasma, Bink, Nova

Exciting prospect, I know.  The short version is that the scoping period (now) is the time when the public has the best chance of influencing the BLM in their decisions. Anything after that point generally requires lawyers and a strong constitution to wade through all the BS the BLM likes to fling.

I am going to (hopefully) break everything down for you.  From there, you can email your personal thoughts and comments to:  The subject line should be titled “WMLC Scoping Comment”.

The BLM’s plans for White Mountain involve a research project performed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  The USGS is actually planning similar studies in another 5 HMAs in the West, though I do not know which ones yet.

0-lou-diamond  Lou Diamond

Here’s what it looks like:

Step 1: Helicopter Roundup this summer/fall.  The BLM plans to remove horses in White Mountain and their neighboring herd Little Colorado, bringing White Mountain down 205 horses and Little Colorado down to 100 horses.

Step 2:  The USGS will be putting radio collars on some mares and tail tracker tags on some stallions in both herds, and then releasing them.  From there the USGS will be studying the horses, their movements, birth rate, death rate, etc.  The BLM will be doing… whatever the BLM does when they’re not removing horses.  This is the USGS’s show.

Step 3:  A second helicopter roundup would be conducted in White Mountain in 2017.  30-50 mares will then be spayed and released. The “ideal” number will be roughly 50% of the mares in White Mountain.  Little Colorado will be left alone.

Step 4:  The USGS will study birth rates, death rates, etc. and determine the “effectiveness” of spaying horses in the wild.

Yeah.  I wasn’t too thrilled either.

Now that you know the plan, I’m going to break it down further.  You can find the FAQs on all of this here.  Please note that some of the information in this blog does not show up in the BLM’s fact sheets.  I had a telephone conversation with Jay d’Ewart, the Wild Horse Specialist for these herds, and he is the one who gave me the scoop on said details.

Please be sure to read the rest of this article HERE.


BLM to further harass wild horses & burros

As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accelerates its experimentation (AKA “research”) on wild horses and burros, it moves further and further away from the intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971.

Besides the BLM’s horrific sterilization plans, the BLM also has plans to use radio telemetry to track wild horses and burros.  Most likely, the wild burros on the Sinbad HMA in Utah will be included.  The BLM will roundup, then put a collar on (will it be an anti-snare collar?) or a tag on/into the wild horses ad burros.  (The tag could be attached to the outside of the wild horse’s or burro’s body by clips, straps or glue, or could be EMBEDDED into its body.)

GPS-Satelite-collars  samples of GPS collars

PAT-Tag   LHX_Tag    samples of GPS tags

But, what is the point in tracking a NON-VIABLE herd?  They are already on the path to extinction.

If the BLM really cared about our wild horses and burros, the BLM would demand that all AMLs be set so that a viable herd number (minimum 120 BREEDING AGE ADULTS) would be supported and protected in each Herd Management Area (HMA), in each and every BLM Resource Management Plan (RMP).  But most don’t.

Instead of protecting wild horses and burros, as mandated, the BLM interferes, harasses and performs invasive procedures on them, while knowing that most wild horse & burro herds are no longer even viable.   Below is a job description for (likely untrained) technicians who will be used to “observe” wild horses and burros.   –  Debbie

Field technicians needed for work on wild horses and burros: Utah, Arizona




Utah and/or Arizona

Job Category

Temporary/Seasonal Positions



Start Date


Last Date to Apply



The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Colorado State University (CSU) are conducting scientific research to assist the BLM in management of free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. The research projects are led by Dr. Kate Schoenecker (USGS) and Dr. Sarah King (CSU). We are seeking field technicians for help with projects involving radio telemetry and behavioral observations of wild horses and burros in remote sites in central or western Utah and one site in Arizona. These positions provide a great opportunity to learn and polish wildlife monitoring techniques and assist with research on wild horses and burros. More information about our research projects can be found at
Description: These are temporary positions starting in mid-March 2016 through to mid-September 2016. Individuals must be able to commit to the full 6-month duration. We are commencing a five-year study to examine the demography and behavioral ecology of wild horses and burros in three different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah and one in Arizona. The successful applicants will use radio telemetry to locate wild horses or burros to determine demographic parameters, and/or to conduct behavioral observations. Positions available will focus either on behavior or demography of wild horses, or behavior and demography of wild burros. There is potential for exemplary field technicians to continue work as graduate students at CSU in fall 2016.
Field work will be rigorous, and conducted under all weather conditions from summer heat to monsoon rains to winter snow, at elevations above 6,000 feet, frequently on high slopes. Field technicians must be able to hike in backcountry covering 4-5 miles each day while carrying a 35lb pack. Independence and a tenacious work ethic are required. Behavioral observations require a great deal of patience and ability to spend many hours watching animals simply graze and rest (i.e. apparently do nothing). The positions are located in remote field sites, necessitating excellent teamwork and flexibility. Housing will be provided at field sites, and will consist of shared trailers, or tents. Cell service is patchy or non-existent in most locations; no internet service is available in the housing.
Field technicians will be employed through Colorado State University at a salary of $10-$12/hr depending on experience and qualifications. This is an hourly position based on a 40-hour work week, although longer work hours may be required. No travel per diem or over time is provided, and no benefits, paid sick leave, or paid vacation.
Duties and responsibilities (depending on position offered): Locating radio-collared or radio-tagged individual animals using radio telemetry Collecting demographic data, recording data, and entering data in to a database Collection of behavioral data, recording data, and entering data in to a database Maintaining databases and proofing data that has been entered Participation in related field research projects as needed (this may entail travelling to a different herd area)
To apply send both a letter of interest and resume with contact information for two references to Sarah King at Clearly state how your experience qualifies you for this position and whether you prefer to work on wild burro demography, wild horse demography, or wild horse behavior projects. Review of applicants is on-going and will continue until posts are filled. Start date is expected to be March 14, 2016.


Skills needed • Familiarity with use of GPS and/or map and compass • Maintaining and safeguarding personally assigned and project equipment • Assisting in routine maintenance of housing • Completion of necessary CSU or USGS safety courses and certifications • Excellent communication skills required to remain in contact with remote supervisor during protracted fieldwork.
Minimum qualifications: • One year of laboratory or field research, or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. • A valid state driver’s license during period of employment (any US state).
Preferred qualifications (in addition to above): • Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or related discipline. • Experience with radio telemetry in field conditions. • Experience with behavioral observation of mammals under natural conditions. • Ability to manage and maintain a computer database.

BLM planning to eradicate more of the few remaining wild burros

Besides the fact that the BLM is experimenting on wild horses and burros, per the BLM’s own Environmental Assessment (EA), the AML for wild burros on Sinbad HMA is only 60.  This is already a NON-VIABLE HERD, yet the BLM is planning to implement fertility control on this herd.  This EA is for a 5 year plan (but it shouldn’t take the BLM that long to wipe them out).


Edited Press Release

BLM Seeks Comment on Central Utah Wild Burro Gather


In conjunction with the gather, researchers hope to study burros’ fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements, and habitat range among other things.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah’s Price Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild burro gather, removal, and research projects that would be conducted to study burro behavior and ecology.

The research would look into fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements, and habitat range among other things. This would be done at the scale of both the individual and population levels and in coordination with the United States Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, in Colorado, and within the Sinbad herd management area (HMA), near Green River, Utah.

The Sinbad HMA is approximately 99,241 acres of federal and state lands located 30 miles west of Green River. It extends up to 19 miles on both sides of I-70 and from the San Rafael Reef to Straight Wash and Cottonwood Draw.

The EA analyzes a proposal to gather and remove excess wild burros and conduct noninvasive research for a period of five years. The EA, including maps, is available online at or on the ePlanning register at (search for project name “Sinbad”).

Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Jan. 11, 2016. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but could be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Sinbad Wild Burro Gather Plan EA” when submitting comments.

Comments can be submitted:

  • By Mail: BLM Price Field Office
    Attn: Price Field Office Manager
    125 South 600 West
    Price, UT 84501

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments.

All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For additional EA-specific information, please contact Mike Tweddell at 435/636-3600. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.