Winter Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup. Image by The Cloud Foundation.

BLM sets hearing for March 7th on use of helicopters and motorized vehicles for wild horse management

Winter Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup. Image by The Cloud Foundation.
Winter Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup. Image by The Cloud Foundation.

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

4 thoughts on “BLM sets hearing for March 7th on use of helicopters and motorized vehicles for wild horse management”

  1. Elle, Yes, precisely, it is a “father and son” bonding ritual based on killing, blood, death. Almost all of us have men in our families who have had some experience with this. They consider it a “sport” and they have gotten away with convincing society that they are helping control the animal populations, that they need it for food, that it isn’t as bad as factory farming, etc., but its more like you have to be able to kill if you want to be a man.


    1. Indeed, Evie, indeed. My father never thought it was a good thing, and my brother was never interested in killing anything. When my Uncle asked my father if he could take Timothy hunting, my father flatly refused.

      My father was an animal rescuer, at one point we had four large dogs and nine cats! If we brought it home it was home for life. My mom who had four kids would say ‘Don’t you dare tell your father’ as she knew once he saw the animal, and named it, mainly Irish names, the animal was home for good.

      When my dad passed at the age of 52, the MICU EMTs could not get near him. He was gone when he fell to the floor due to a heart attack. His dogs could not be called off until my mother got there. His German Shepherd guarded his body and snarled and lunged at the EMTS, and the Rottie laid on his body showing his teeth and snarling. Animals do care, and that is what people fail to comprehend is the capacity for caring animals have.



  2. Very interesting relation, Evie. We have men whom take their young sons to the ‘Bear Hunts’ in NJ. These prepubescent boys are learning that stalking and killing is not only acceptable, but FUN!!! My late Uncle, whom I truly adored, hunted deer. I found it disgusting and my Aunt refused to allow him to butcher it in their garage or to keep the meat in the freezer in the basement. He was forced to take his ‘quarry’ to a fellow ‘hunter’s’ home to do this.
    I signed the petition that the Cloud Foundation put up and said this was an enormous waste of tax payer dollars. It is a drain on the economy and it is brutal and not needed. Of course all of the science in the world doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference. It is about genocide and nothing more. Also don’t like the Pickens plan for non producing herds. That is insane imo. To think that these horses would allow ‘visitors’ to see them via ATVs is crazy.



  3. This is a form of brutality that the American people do not support. You should be using your vehicles and helicopters to be making sure the wildlife in your area has enough to eat and access to medical attention if needed. The proposed use of vehicles to thrash and remove them is contrary to the best interests of your country and humanity. Your impulse to remove, kill and intimidate another living creature is both a bad macho habit and a symptom of deeper, more dangerous problem. Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death for men in America and the statistics are higher for men who hunt. If you refuse help and continue to terrorize normal people who have to deal with your brutality, please understand that you are creating your own hell.


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