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BLM Gets Funding Boost For Wild Horse And Burro Population Control

The $1.4 trillion budget deal approved by Congress includes a significant funding boost for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program. However, to gain access to the $21 million in funds, the BLM must produce an aggressive, nonlethal strategy to mange the mustang and burro populations that resides on public lands—this […]

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BLM Needs 15 Years And $5 Billion To Get Wild Horse Population Under Control

The overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands has been an issue for years. There are currently over 88,000 wild horses and burros on land that has been determined to be suitable for 26,500 horses. When the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act went into effect in 1971, the goal was to stop and reverse […]

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BLM Considering Spaying Mares For Population Control Of Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering spaying wild mares in Oregon in an attempt to see if the procedure could be used to control wild horse populations on a larger scale in the West. Spaying is not a routine procedure for wild mares, but the BLM is hopeful to use the Oregon mares […]

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Plan To Sterilize Wild Horses On Hold

Federal judge Michael W. Mosman has temporarily blocked the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plan to sterilize wild mares in Oregon. The sterilization of the mares in the Warm Springs Management Area in Hines would involve surgically removing their ovaries. The judge’s decision means that the sterilization plans cannot proceed until a final decision has […]

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Wild Horses And Burros Protected From Slaughter/Sterilization In Proposed Senate Bill

The Senate Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations legislation has been released. The bill continues to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter and sterilization, unlike the language put forth in the 2019 House bill, which authorized the sterilization of wild horse and burro herds. The differences in the bills will be decided in conference committee […]

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BLM Plans Two Helicopter Gathers Of Wild Horses In Early 2018

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans for a helicopter gather of wild horses in the Cold Springs and Hog Creek Herd Management Areas in Oregon beginning in January and February. The BLM has a commitment to keeping public lands healthy and productive. Located 45 miles southwest of Vale, the Cold Springs Herd […]

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Brain Size Matters: Are Horses Smarter Than Humans?

William Simpson lives with his wife Laura in a remote area of the Soda Mountain Wilderness, which is on the Oregon-California border. The Simpsons are lucky enough to see all sorts of wild animals, including herds of wild horses that pass literally right through their back yard. The horses in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area […]

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16 Mustangs Collared By BLM To Study Migration Patterns

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has placed radio collars on 16 mustang mares in an attempt to  learn more about how wild horses interact with their environment. Placed on the horses during  a recent gathering of mustangs at the Adobe Town herd management area, the collars will help researchers study the horses migration patterns […]

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BLM Announces Temporary Suspension Of Mustang Adoptions At Idaho Facility Due To Strangles Outbreak

The Bureau of Land Management issued the following alert via the Equine Disease Communication Center on Friday:  On May 24, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management announced the temporary suspension of wild horse and burro adoptions at the Boise BLM Wild Horse Corrals due to the presence of strangles (equine distemper) in several horses. Horses showing […]

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