BLM To Gather 600 Wild Horses in October | Big Horn Basin Media

BLM To Gather 600 Wild Horses in October

Written by on October 2, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to gather hundreds of wild horses this October.


The BLM will conduct a wild horse gathering operation in the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area sometime in mid-October. The management area, 35 miles northwest of Worland, overlaps Washakie, Big Horn, and Park counties. The herd is considered sustainable with a maximum number of 230 horses. Recent aerial surveys put the current population at approximately 700 horses, with many leaving the established area and venturing onto private property.


In order to ensure the continued health of the herd and the rangelands, 600 horses will be removed from the area. The public is permitted to watch the operation, so long as they notify the BLM beforehand and they do nothing to endanger BLM staff, other onlookers, and, of course, the horses. Those interested in viewing the gather must notify Sarah Beckwith at or (307) 347-5207.

Removed Horses will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Animals not adopted will be cared for in off-range pastures.


For more information on the gathering operation and the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program, visit or contact Cam Henrichsen at (307) 347-5100.

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