TWIN FALLS, ID – The Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites the public to participate in an annual statewide hearing to discuss motor vehicle and helicopter use in wild horse management operations on March 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at: Rock Creek Fire Department, 242 Highway 30, Kimberly, Idaho 83341.
This public hearing is being held to obtain information and your views, comments and suggestions about the BLM’s use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in managing wild horses within the State of Idaho during the summer and fall of 2012. Management of wild horses also includes wild horse removals, aerial census and population distribution flights of wild horse herd management areas. Motorized vehicles in the form of semi-trucks and trailers and pickup trucks will also be used to transport wild horses in management actions.
This October, the BLM Challis Field Office is proposing to gather and remove excess horses in the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) in order to maintain an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 185 horses. The HMA encompasses 164,720 total acres and is bounded by the Salmon River to the north, the east fork of the Salmon to the west, U.S. Highway 93 to the east and Herd Lake highlands to the south.
Additionally, a wild horse capture, treat and release/remove gather within the Black Mountain and Hard Trigger Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is tentatively proposed for the first week of November 2012. The BLM plans to treat adult mares with the Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22) fertility control vaccine; these treated mares will be released back onto the Black Mountain and Hardtrigger HMAs. Excess horses will be removed to maintain the AML of 30 horses on the Black Mountain and 66 horses for the Hard Trigger HMAs. These two HMAs, which encompass 119,528 total acres, are located between Murphy and Marsing, west of U.S. Highway 95.
For further information concerning wild horse management, or to make oral or written statements to present at the hearing, contact Kevin Lloyd, wild horse and burro specialist for the Challis Field Office at (208) 879-6209 or Steve Leonard, wild horse and burro specialist for the Boise District Office at (208) 384-3454.
Source: BLM Press Release