Please Weigh In on BLM Plan for Red Desert Wyoming Wild Horses

Photo by Carol  Walker, Living Images

Public Comment Due by March 20, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments for a scoping period for a proposed Catch Treat and Release (CTR) operation for wild horses in the Red Desert Complex in Wyoming. The complex includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). During the scoping period, the public has the opportunity to raise issues and suggest alternatives to be considered in the environmental analysis and final plan.

The BLM's proposal to treat mares with the PZP birth control vaccine and forgo removal of horses within the HMAs is an important step forward! Let's support this effort while at the same time encouraging BLM to employ humane capture methods, forgo removal of horses outside HMAs, and raise the "Appropriate" Management Levels (AMLs) for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations. (The current AMLs are based on the BLM's allocation of 7-11 times more forage to privately owned cattle and sheep than to federally protected wild horses and burros!)

Speak up today for humane management and fairer treatment of wild horses on public lands in Wyoming. Please personalize and submit the sample letter below.

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If you prefer, you can send your comments to the address below. All comments must be received no later than Friday, March 20, 2015

Please include “Red Desert Complex Scoping Comments” in the subject line.

Benjamin Smith, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist         
BLM Rawlins Field Office                                               
P.O. Box 2407                                                                     
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301                                                
                                                 
Trent Staheli, Rangeland Management Specialist
(Acting Wild Horse & Burro Specialist)
BLM Lander Field Office
1335 Main Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520

Email: RedDesertComplex_HMA_wy@blm.gov

Constituents outside the United States are not eligible to send an email using our web form above. International comments must be mailed or emailed to the addresses above.

Additional Information

Red Desert Complex Scoping Letter

The Red Desert Complex of wild horse herd management areas (HMA) encompasses about 753,000 acres of land. About 49,500 acres within the HMAs (about six percent) is privately or state owned.

The BLM Lander and Rawlins Field Offices cooperatively manage the Red Desert Complex, which includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek HMAs. The Complex is located in Sweetwater, Carbon, Fremont and Natrona counties west and south of Wyoming highway 789/287.


"APPROPRIATE" MANAGEMENT LEVELS AND ALLOCATIONS FOR WILD HORSES IN THE RED DESERT COMPLEX."

COMPLEX TOTAL ALLOWED: 480 to 724 wild horses = 5,760 AUMs - 8,688 AUMs

HMA AML Est. Pop. (3/14)
Antelope Hills 60-82 122
Crooks Mountain 65-85 175
Green Mountain 170-300 479
Lost Creek 60-82 100
Stewart Creek 125-175 302

LIVESTOCK ALLOCATIONS IN THE RED DESERT COMPLEX

*65,471 AUMs livestock authorized within HMAs.

From BLM Environmental Assessment "Catch, Treat and Release with Limited Removal Red Desert Complex Wild Horse Herd Management Areas," 2011