FILLMORE - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rounded up 434 wild horses from the Conger Complex, consisting of the Conger and Confusion Mountain herd management areas (HMA) located west of Delta and managed out of the Fillmore Field Office. The horses were gathered from the range in an effort to restore populations to their appropriate management levels, ensuring horses are in balance with available forage, water and habitat.
"I was pleased with how the gather went," said Gus Warr, Utah BLM wild horse and burro program lead. "We were able to have many individual from the public observe the gathers and be educated about the program. Even more importantly, we were able to finish the gather without any serious injuries to personnel or horses, which is a primary objective when doing these gathers."
Wild horses removed from the range have been shipped to the BLM Delta Wild Horse Corrals and the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Center where they are being evaluated by contract veterinarians and BLM personnel for any health concerns or complications. After further examination, key individual horses will be selected and returned to the HMAs to ensure the long-term management of the herds. Animals at both locations will be available for adoption in late November or early December 2010.
The BLM also announced that the Winter Ridge wild horse gather scheduled for October 2010 in the Vernal area has been re-scheduled for July 2011 due to the late season of the year and potential weather concerns, and possible conflicts with other activities in the region.
The BLM protects, controls and manages wild horses and burros under provisions of the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law recognizes the animals as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West," and requires that they be managed as part of a "thriving natural ecological balance on the range."
The BLM manages more land - more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.