BLM considers reducing wild horse gathers this fall

Jun 11, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management says it will likely remove fewer wild horses from the range this fall than in the past.

  BLM Spokesoman Tom Gorey says that’s because they’re running out of space to put the horses.

  “We are almost maxed out in our long-term pastures in the Midwest and the short-term corrals we have in the West, where we put horses that we have removed from the range,” Gorey said. “And we try to adopt out as many as we can, but adoptions have been on the decline.”

  Nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros that have been removed from the range are being kept in long-term pastures and short-term corrals … and the BLM typically removes thousands more each year.

  Gorey says they have not made final decisions about how many horses they’ll remove this fall, but he says unless they can find more space to put them, they’ll have to scale back the gather.