BLM Seeks Solutions for Fifteenmile Herd Overcrowding | Big Horn Basin Media

BLM Seeks Solutions for Fifteenmile Herd Overcrowding

Written by on February 22, 2019

There are too many horses for the land to support.

That’s what the Bureau of Land Management says they’re experiencing with the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd northwest of Worland.

The BLM recently released an environmental assessment that says there are about 500 horses in that Herd Management Area – far above the land’s capacity to support the animals and other wildlife. The agency’s analysis is that the land set aside for this herd should only hold between 70 and 160 mature horses.

The BLM is seeking comment on a proposed gather and removal of excess wild horses in the HMA, which is located about 35 miles northwest of Worland in Washakie, Big Horn and Park counties. The proposed operation would include gathering and removing wild horses to return the population to the low range, along with any horses that have moved outside the HMA.

The environmental assessment is available for review and comment at, and comments should be received by March 4th.

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