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to Begin Swasey Wild Horse Catch, Treat, and Release Gather
welcome to attend daily
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District,
Fillmore Field Office will begin the Swasey Herd Management Area (HMA) wild
horse gather on or about Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
BLM is planning on gathering an estimated 262 wild horses from the Swasey HMA
with up to 100 being released back onto the range following the gather.
Approximately 49 mares will be treated with the fertility control drug Porcine
Zona Pellucida (PZP-22); the remainder of the released horses will be studs.
Approximately 162 excess wild horses,
including wild horses gathered that are residing outside the HMA boundary, will
be removed. Animals removed from the Swasey HMA will be available for adoption
through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those
that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain
their wild status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses
and Burros Act.
of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations once they begin,
so long as the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized
and operations are not disrupted. During the gather, interested public may
participate in an escorted tour by meeting at the Harts Food and Gas at 76
North Highway 6 in Delta, Utah ready to leave at 6:00 a.m. sharp. The dates and
departure times are subject to change depending upon weather and gather
operations. The public is strongly encouraged to check the gather hotline
nightly 435-743-3124 for changes in schedule. Participants must provide their
own transportation, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress
for harsh field conditions. Binoculars as well as four wheel drive vehicles are
is no anticipated closure of public lands, except if deemed necessary due to
safety concerns. Outdoor
recreationists and visitors should be aware that low flying aircraft will be
present in the area and brief road closures may be needed to allow movement of
wild horse herds during gather operations.
Swasey HMA is located in Millard and Juab Counties 50 miles west of Delta,
, and encompasses approximately 120,113 acres, with a current population
estimated at 350 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level for the Swasey
HMA is 60-100 wild horses.
and information will be available at: http://blm.gov/nzkd
on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
real-time updates on Twitter @BLMWHB #SwaseyGather.
EA, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record are posted on
the BLM website at http://blm.gov/fxkd.
learn more about the program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM
National Wild Horse and Burro website at http://blm.gov/dxkd.
information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa
Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at 435-979-2838.
BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land the most of any
Federal agency. This land, known as
the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states,
. The BLM also administers 700
million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed
land contributed more than $130 billion to the
economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs.
The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more
revenue than it spends. In FY 2012,
nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which
operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The
BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the
public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor
recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and
by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public
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