BLM Rounds Up Wild Horse Numbers
The numbers are in from the Bureau of Land Management's wild horse roundup this fall. Lance Porter, acting High Desert Plains District manager, says that they gathered 2,269 wild horses between October 10th and November 13th.
Porter says 318 horses were released back into the wild, with 99 of those being mares which were given time-release birth control that generally lasts about 3 years. There were 4 gather related deaths, with two horses that died for unknown reasons and two horses that had to be put down.
The final tally of horses gathered this fall and now in the care of the BLM is 1,939. Porter says some of those horses are in a holding facility in Canyon City, Colorado, and some are in the holding facility outside of Rock Springs.
And, says Porter, the horses have all been checked out by a veterinarian and they are available for adoption, and you can even specify the amount of training you want the horse to have. So how do you find out about adopting a horse?
Green broke to trained:
"One of the easiest ways they can do that is contact us on our Web site and we have a lot of information at wild horse and burro dot blm dot gov. Current adoption fee is a hundred and twenty-five dollars, per horse. They're anywhere from being halter broke, up to be able to be ridden, by anybody including children."
There are an estimated 5,500 wild horses still roaming free over 16 herd management areas in Wyoming.