BLM looking for wild horse ‘contractors’

An estimated 82,000 equines on public land

The Bureau of Land Management seeks contractors for off-range pastures to provide a “free-roaming environment and quality care” for wild horses removed from Western public lands, said the BLM in a statement.

The BLM will award multiple contracts that can accommodate 200 to 5,000 head of wild horses, with a four-year or nine-year renewal option. All contracts require supplemental feed for a minimum of four months to ensure that animals maintain a quality body condition throughout the dormant months.

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting bids from people interested in taking in wild horses, such as these.
Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Bids will be accepted from the following states through May 3: Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas Panhandle (only north of highways 82 and 84), Washington and Wyoming. The area west of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and Washington is excluded.

Applicants who are new to conducting business with the government must first obtain a Dun & Bradstreet number at and then register at to respond to the solicitation. No fee is involved. The solicitation describes what to submit to the BLM and where to send it. To obtain the contract solicitation:

  1. Go to;
  2. Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
  3. Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number”;
  4. Enter the solicitation’s reference number “140L0119R0002“;
  5. Click “Search” and once the solicitation’s information appears, download the information on the right.

For assistance, contact Kemi Ismael at 202-912-7098 or [email protected]. Ismael can assist with general questions. A list of frequently asked questions is available at:

As of March 1, 2018, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 82,000 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can support in conjunction with other legally mandated land uses, according to the press release. To learn more about the wild horse or burro program, visit