The Associated Press Reports:
Written by MEAD GRUVER
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is stepping back from plans to spay mares to limit the growth of a wild horse herd in western Wyoming.
The spaying would have been a first for the BLM in the West and was announced last week by Lance Porter, manager of the Rock Springs Field Office.
BLM officials said Monday they reconsidered and decided they don’t have enough time to prepare for spaying ahead of a roundup set for mid-August through early September.
“To do that we would need a research proposal, since it hasn’t been done before. And the research proposal wouldn’t be done in time,” BLM Wyoming spokeswoman Cindy Wertz said.
Some 1,000 wild horses make up the herd that ranges between Rock Springs and La Barge, a 60-mile-wide swatch of rolling sagebrush country in western Wyoming. The BLM’s goal population is no more than 400 horses in the herd.
The BLM plans to round up as many of the horses as possible and remove about 700 from the range through adoption, sale and sending them to long-term holding sites. All males returned to the range will be gelded.
The original plan was to spay all females before returning them to the range. The plan now is to return mares to the range without any treatment to inhibit their ability to reproduce. Continue reading >>