Wild horses wander in the Sand Wash herd management area 45 miles west of Craig, Colo., in the Sand Wash Basin. Joe Amon, The Denver Post.

Thirteen California wild horses are captured and released in Colorado

OUTTHERECOLORADO.COM (22 Jun. 2020) — Thirteen wild horses removed from an overpopulated range in California were released back into the wild in Northern Colorado over the weekend.

According to a report from CBS Denver, the thirteen wild horses taken from Modoc National Forest are now settling into their new 60-acre home near Red Feather Lakes. The horses are the first of 19 total to be released on the range in Colorado.

The non-profit organization Love Wild Horses says the “wild ponies” also play a big role in reducing the risk of wildfires by consuming fuel loads such as underbrush and other vegetation through natural grazing patterns.

If you want to see wild horses, here are four spots where you can still see them in Colorado.

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FEATURED IMAGE: Wild horses wander in the Sand Wash herd management area 45 miles west of Craig, Colo., in the Sand Wash Basin. Joe Amon, The Denver Post.

4 thoughts on “Thirteen California wild horses are captured and released in Colorado”

  1. Please review the following info explaining why CA wild horses must be added to the inventory of special status protected non game species. CA horse belong in CA. http://www.tws-west.org/transactions/Leach.pdf#page=1.

    Request to CA Fish and Wildlife..and response: https://www.facebook.com/208957562491269/posts/from-miner-karenwildlife-mailtokarenminerwildlifecagov-sent-thursday-march-03-20/1061061357280881/.

    Many CA livestock grazing designations and allotments have been vacated. Most counties have a plethora of public multiple species habitat designation , wildlife preserves etc They could utilized to restore cultural and wildlife habitat for wild horse habitat,
    The grazing improvements paid for by PLT monies to the county belonged to the leasee and, upon cancellation,belong to the BLM (govt),. who can then re assign or re-designate them.
    Invoking NHPA Section 106 can re open allotment with wild horse histories.

    Washington Office Instruction Memorandum 82-292 (dated March 5, 1982) was issued as final policy and the core of this policy is a new approach called selective management. Selective management is based on the concept that: (1) an allotment’s resource characteristics, management needs, and potential for improvement can be identified; and (2) the timing and intensity of the management actions should be varied according to an allotment’s identified needs and potential. Potential for improvement is the capacity of an allotment to produce a positive return on public investments within a reasonable time period. Positive return can be viewed in terms of increased resource production or resolution of serious resource use conflicts.
    t of Planning Criteria
    The BLM Grazing Management Policy issued on March May 1982 Washington Office Instruction Memo No 82292 establishes guidelines for categorization of rangelands. The objective is to distribute available funds and personnel in the MOST Effective and efficient Manner to improve increase production and range condition.
    Allotments can be shifted into a different category if ecological conditions change or Conflicts are created or resolved.

    On lands with wilderness characteristics, fire and fuels management would be conducted to ensure protection of public safety and property, protection of resource values, and consideration of adjacent Federal and local agency’s fire management plans


  2. The attached letter was sent to Chairman Grijalva regarding management of wild horses. No response has been received. Let me know if you find the info useful. Best, Kathleen


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