A couple loads of wild donkeys passed through Moab last week on their way from a Bureau of Land Management holding facility in Axtell, Utah to aTexas facility where they will be gentled and re-homed. Photos by Sena Hauer
Due to declining rangeland health, overpopulation and continued drought conditions, the Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office will conduct a wild horse gather in the San Rafael Swell’s Muddy Creek Herd Management Area beginning in August. The BLM plans to gather an estimated 149 wild horses. Once round-ups have been completed, and upon reaching what the BLM deems is an appropriate management level, fertility control will be administered to horses to help reduce the population increase in the HMA.
The Muddy Creek HMA is located in Emery County, approximately 20 miles south of Ferron, Utah. It consists of approximately 283,400 acres of public and state lands.
The gather impacts are described and analyzed in the Muddy Creek Wild Horse Gather Plan Environmental Assessment. The EA and decision record are posted on the BLM web-site: https://go.usa.gov/xUWVK.
Horses removed from the range will be prepared for the BLM adoption and sale program. For more information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at www.blm.gov/whb or call (866) 468-7826.
For additional gather-specific information, contact Mike Tweddell at (435) 636-3609.