Cross-posted from the Casper Star-Tribune via Billings Gazette
Written by JEFF GEARINO
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (Nov 16, 2010) — Federal cowboys completed one of the largest wild horse roundups in Wyoming history Saturday, gathering 2,269 horses during the month-long capture operation.
Bureau of Land Management wranglers returned 275 horses to the range.
Officials said nine horses died during roundup operations conducted in the huge Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas in Sweetwater and Carbon counties.
The Adobe Town and Salt Wells herds roam about 2.5 million acres of public, state and private lands. The BLM manages approximately 1.7 million acres within the two herd management units.
There will be approximately 860 wild horses remaining in the herd, BLM officials said Monday, which is the appropriate management level for the herd complex.
Wranglers captured 258 wild horses on Nov. 5, the highest number gathered on any single day.