UTAH HMA

BLM Utah manages 19 wild horse and burro (whb) herd management areas (hma) on nearly 2.5 million acres. The combined appropriate management level for all HMAs in the state is 1,956 animals.

Since 1976, the BLM has removed approximately 15,600 animals from public rangelands in Utah. 

(2021 roundups have not been added to this total count)

CLAIM: Animals removed from public rangelands are offered to the public for adoption; un-adopted animals are cared for on open pastures for the rest of their lives. 

UTAH STATE OFFICE










Appropriate Management Level (AML) of horses and burros per Herd Management Area (HMA)

Animal Management Unit (EST AMU) = Current individual population estimates on entire HMA,

HINT: How to read EST AMU:    ( ? = yes, needs actual animal #’s / 0 = none / blank = unknown)

             #  ?  horses    #  0 burros   #   cattle   #   sheep


CANYON LANDS HMA

  • The HMA is comprised of 77,311 BLM acres, 10,465 State acres, and 1,616 NPS acres for a total of 89,392 acres
  • AML:  60-100               
  • EST POP             # 0   horses    # ?  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

BIBLE SPRING HMA

  • 61,862 acres
  • AML:   30-60              
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

2018 UT BEAVER / 140L0618F0165 -1  / (07/25/2018-08/31/2018) / CLOSED / $135,885.20 / Bible Springs Complex/Sulphur Wild Horse Helicopter Gather

2017 UT SLC / INL17PD00849 -1 / (08/10/2017-08/21/2017) / CLOSED / $50,983.60 / Bible Springs Complex Helicopter Gather / 3  / ? horses removed

CEDAR MOUNTAIN HMA

  • 411,636 acres
  • AML:  190-390                
  • EST POP             #  ? horses    # 0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

In 2018 Cedar Mtn emergency gather

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Original herd size  670 + foals  / 170 removed / 0 returned / 5 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared

Date of gather:    Jul 13, 2018

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  water traps 

Plan Gathered:  250

Animals Gathered: 175

Facility Destination: Delta Wild Horse & Burro Corral Max capacity:   300    Open to public: no

Public viewing: NO

Plan: emergency wild horse gather – remove approximately 250 wild horses from the HMA near the Cochran, Cedar, and Brown Springs due to reduced spring flow and a lack of available water.

Background:  “We are very concerned about the health and welfare of these horses,” said Field Manager Matt Preston. “Two of the primary springs in the HMA are producing less water than they have for years. With approximately 100 wild horses attempting to get water from these springs daily, conditions are becoming unsustainable. This emergency gather will ensure that the horses remaining on the range will be able to survive.”

Notes: ? were cattle replaced on this land

GATHER REPORTS

Friday, July 13, 2018

Animals gathered: 37 (14 stallions, 17 mares, 6 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s
Animals shipped: 35 (13 stallions, 6 mares, 6 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  2
Acute: 1 / euthanized due to neurologic dysfunction signs after colliding with a panel during capture.
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a broken right knee with limited mobility. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summary: Still dry even though a thunderstorm came through last night; Nighttime High 60.      

Animals gathered: 43 (21 stallions, 20 mares, 2 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s.
Animals shipped: 42 (20 stallions, 20 mares, 2 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / euthanized today due to broken front left pasturn while loading.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summary: High 60     

Animals gathered: 28 (14 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s
Animals shipped: 28 (14 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summary:  Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70’s.   

Animals gathered: 34 (15 stallions, 15 mares, 4 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s.
Animals shipped: 34 (15 stallions, 15 mares, 4 foals)
Total Deaths Today:  2
Chronic/Pre-existing: 2 / Two horses were humanely euthanized today with pre-existing broken front left knees which resulted in limited mobility. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summary: Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70’s.    

Animals gathered: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s. 
Animals shipped: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summary:  Extremely dry. Nighttime High 60’s.     

Animals gathered: 10 (6 stallions, 3 mares, 1 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s
Animals shipped: 10 (6 stallions, 3 mares, 1 foals)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summary:  Extremely dry. Nighttime High 70’s.    

Animals gathered: 6 (2 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals) HBC 3’s and 4’s. 
Animals shipped: 6 (2 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Summary:  Extremely dry with some light rain and lightning; Nighttime temps in low 60’s. The captured foal belonged to one of the mares captured on 7/26.  Mare and foal were paired up at the facility and are doing well. 

Animals gathered: 3 (2 stallions, 0 mares, 1 foals)  HBC 3’s and 4’s.
Animals shipped: 3 (2 stallions, 0 mares, 1 foals)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summary: Extremely dry. Nighttime temps in low 60’s.  

Animals gathered: 5 (1 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)  HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 5 (1 stallions, 4 mares, 0 foals)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Summary:  Extremely dry. Nighttime temps in low 60’s.    

Animals gathered: 1 (1 stallion, 0 mares, 0 foals)  HBC 4. 
Animals shipped: 1 (1 stallion, 0 mares, 0 foals)


CEDAR MOUNTAIN REMOVAL LIST

CHLORIDE CANYON HMA

  • 65,408 acres
  • AML:   15-30              
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    #  ? burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

               No info on page

CHOKE CHERRY HMA

  • 48,139 acres
  • AML:   24-30               
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # ?  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

               No info on page

CONFUSION HMA

  • 235,005 acres
  • AML:    70-115             
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

In 2020 Confusion gather

Original herd size  661 / 304 removed / 1 returned / 5 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  Nov 29- Dec13, 2020

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  500

Animals Gathered: 309

Facility Destination: Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility Max capacity:  2250  Open to public: NO

Public viewing:

Plan:  gather 500 and remove approximately 480 while administering population growth suppression to the other horses captured from BLM-administered lands

Notes:

(not sure any were returned) or treated


CONFUSION REMOVAL LIST

CONGER HMA

  • 170,993 acres
  • AML:  40-80                
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

This herd is being managed to maintain the black, roan, palomino, and dun colors.


In 2021 CONGER WILD HORSE GATHER

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Original herd size   / 0 removed / 0 returned / 0 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  aug 11, 2021 – ? Roundup happening now

Contractor:                                    Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  Helicopter

Plan Gathered:   296

Animals Gathered:

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility       Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: yes

Plan:      Approximately 296 excess wild horses will be removed. The HMA is currently experiencing exceptional drought conditions. Due to the drought conditions the horses have declined in body condition over the last year due to a lack of forage. This gather will also allow the BLM to gather mares that were fitted with GPS collars that could not be remotely released at the conclusion of a research study.  Select wild horses may be returned to the HMA to maintain herd genetic diversity and characteristics and to meet herd management objectives.

Horses captured will either be released at the gather site or shipped to the Axtell Facility, a private facility that does not allow in-person viewing or public adoptions.

Notes:

SATURDAY, AUG. 21
Animals gathered: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals)
Animals shipped: 37

FRIDAY, AUG. 20
Animals gathered: 16 (9 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals)
Animals shipped: 36

THURSDAY, AUG. 19
Animals gathered: 13 (6 stallions, 4 mares, 3 foals)

MONDAY, AUG. 16
Animals gathered: 27 (10 stallions, 13 mares, 4 foals)

TUESDAY, AUG. 17
Animals gathered: 12 (5 stallions, 4 mares, 3 foals)
Animals shipped: 37

MONDAY, AUG. 16

Summary: 27 horses were gathered today.
Animals gathered: 27 (10 stallions, 13 mares, 4 foals)

SUNDAY, AUG. 15
Animals gathered: 15 (4 stallions, 6 mares, 5 foals)
Animals shipped: 25
Total Deaths Today: 1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / A 22-year-old mare with a BCS 2 and pre-existing condition was euthanized

SATURDAY, AUG. 14
Animals gathered: 47 (12 stallions, 22 mares, 13 foals)
Animals shipped: 35
FRIDAY, AUG. 13
Animals gathered: 20 (3 stallions, 10 mares, 7 foals)
Animals shipped: 27
THURSDAY, AUG. 12
Animals gathered: 20 (6 stallions, 9 mares, 5 foals)
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11
Animals gathered: 19 (9 stallions, 7 mares, 3 foals)

2016 UT MEADOW MILLARD / INL16PD00529 -1 / (06/20/2016-08/30/2016) / CLOSED / $212,553.55 /  Wild Horse And Burro Helicopter Gather The Conger/Frisco Herd Management Area


CONGER REMOVAL LIST

FOUR MILE HMA

  • 61,273 acres
  • AML:    30-60             
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

FRISCO HMA

  • Of the 60,367 acres in the HMA approximately 48,852 of these are public land acres, 5,745 of these acres are state and 5,770 acres are private land acres.
  • AML:  30-60               
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

 In 2020 Frisco gather

 Original herd size  250 / 143 removed / 0 returned / 2 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  sep 21-28, 2020

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  200 

Animals Gathered: 145

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: yes

Plan: remove approximately 200 wild horses. One objective of this gather is to capture approximately 21 mares that have been fitted with radio/GPS collars for research purposes.   

Notes:   no drones allowed

GATHER REPORTS

Monday, September 21, 2020

Summary: 4 public observed

Animals gathered: 37 (19 stallions, 11 mares, 7 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s, three 3’s.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Summary: 2 public observed

Animals gathered: 37 (9 stallions, 18 mares, 10 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s, three 3’s.
Animals shipped: 38 (Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / One horse was euthanized due to a pre-existing condition.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Summary: 4 public observed

Animals gathered: 40 (15 stallions, 20 mares, 5 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s, two 3’s.
Animals shipped: 35 (Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility)

Thursday September 24, 2020

Summary: 4 public observed

Animals gathered: 2 (1 stallion, 1 mare) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 34 (Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility)

Friday September 25, 2020

Animals gathered: 17 (7 stallions, 8 mares, 2 foals) HBC 4’s

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Animals gathered: 1 (1 foal) HBC 4’s

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Animals gathered: 3 (3 stallions) HBC 3s and 4s

Monday, September 28, 2020

Animals gathered: 6 (4 stallions, 2 mares) HBC 3s and 4s

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Summary: The gather is complete  
Animals shipped: 34 (Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / One mare with no teeth and a low body score was unable to maintain her condition, euthanized.

2016 UT MEADOW MILLARD / INL16PD00529 -1 / (06/20/2016-08/30/2016) / CLOSED / $212,553.55 /  Wild Horse And Burro Helicopter Gather The Conger/Frisco Herd Management Area


FRISCO REMOVAL LIST


KING TOP MOUNTAINS HMA

  • 171,467 acres
  • AML:  20-40               
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

MOUNT ELINOR HMA

  • 42,640 acres
  • AML:   15-25              
  • EST POP             #   ? horses    # ?  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

               No info on page

MUDDY CREEK HMA

  • 208,810 acres
  • AML:   75-125              
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    #  0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

 In 2018 Muddy gather

Original herd size  ? / 153 removed / 4 returned / 1 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  sep 11-3, 2018

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  149

Animals Gathered: 154

Facility Destination:     ?                       Max capacity:   

Public viewing: yes

Planhttps://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/93501/

 Due to declining rangeland health, overpopulation and continued drought conditions, plans to gather an estimated 149 wild horses. Once gathers have been completed and upon reaching Appropriate Management Level, fertility control would be administered to horses to help reduce the population increase in the HMA.

Notes:  no drones allowed

GATHER REPORT

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Summary: 18 visitors at the site gather

Animals gathered: 104 (49 stallions, 34 mares, 21 foals) HBC 4’s with several 2’s and 3’s

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Summary:  7 visitors at the site gather

Animals gathered: 35 (12 stallions, 19 mares, 4 foals) HBC 3’s with several 2’s and a 1.5
Animals shipped: 35

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Summary:  2 visitors at the site gather 

Animals gathered: 14 (5 stallions, 6 mares, 3 foals) HBC 3’s
Animals shipped: 14


MUDDY CREEK REMOVAL LIST

NORTH HILLS HMA

  • 60,646 acres
  • AML:   12-36    (was AML 40-60 in 2019)          
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    #  0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

                No mention of horse or burro on page


In 2019 North Hills gather

Original herd size  317 / 213 removed / 0 returned / 2 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  Dec 15-21, 2019

Contractor:  SAMPSON, SHAYNE F                                Contract price: $95,905.50 140L0619F0356

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  250

Animals Gathered:  215

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: yes

Plan: Remove approx 250 horses from Federal, State and private lands within and near the JMA.

Horses removed from the range will be transported to the Axtell Off-Range Contract Wild Horse Facility

Notes:

GATHER REPORTS

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Summary: 0 horses were gathered today, due to weather conditions.   2 public viewing the event.

Monday, December 16, 2019 

Summary: 2  public observed

Animals gathered: 87 / HBC 3-4’s along with several 2’s
Animals shipped: 54

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Summary: 13 public observed 

Animals gathered: 82 (53 stallions, 46 mares, 6 foals) HBC six 2’s, five 4’s and the rest were 3’s. The body condition of the horses are less than anticipated, along with a weakened overall condition, as indicted by the lower BCS scores
Animals shipped: 52

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Summary: 12  public observed

Animals gathered: 24 / HBC two 2’s, eighteen 3’s, two 4’s and two 5’s
Animals shipped: 63
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Summary: 12 public observed

Animals gathered: 14 / HBC 3’s and 4’s

Friday, December 20, 2019

Summary: 13 public observed 

Animals gathered: 6 HBC 5’s
Animals shipped: 44
 


NORTH HILLS REMOVAL LIST

ONAQUI MOUNTAIN HMA

  •  205,394 acres
  • AML:  121-210                 
  • EST POP             # 163  horses   # 0 burros   #  cattle   # ? sheep

SALT LAKE FIELD OFFICE


In 2021   Onaqui Post gather release

Original herd size  0 / 0 removed / 123 returned / 2 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of release:  Aug 8-9, 2021

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ? 

Plan Released:  125

Animals released: 123

From Facility :    Sutherland Contract Facility   Max capacity:  ?     Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: yes

Plan:  On Aug. 8, the BLM released 14 mares and foals back to the HMA in advance so that the foals could be safely released in a smaller group.

On Aug. 9, 2021, the BLM safely concluded the release of 109 wild horses back to the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA). The BLM conducted genetic hair sampling to promote the genetic diversity of the herd and humanely released a total of 123 horses back to the HMA after concluding the wild horse gather in July 2021. 

The BLM invited representatives of the American Wild Horse Campaign, the Wild Horses of America Foundation, and the Onaqui Catalogue to observe the release of the mares and foals to foster the ongoing communication between the BLM and these groups to promote the welfare of the Onaqui Mountain wild horses. 

Most of the adoptable horses will be shipped to the Delta, Utah Wild Horse & Burro Facility. Most of those horses that are to be released back to the HMA will be shipped to Sutherland, Utah Off-Range Contract Facility. The Delta facility is currently closed to the public. Once the horses have settled down and had time to acclimate, the Delta facility will be opened to the public for viewing, adoption and/or sale. The Sutherland facility is not an open public facility; thus, no public observation will be authorized at that location.

Notes :   ? 2 deaths, need notes, horses appeared underweight, sickly upon release. Photo evidence in comparison with before capture

JULY 20, 2021

BLM gathered a total of 435 horses (186 stallions, 202 mares, 47 foals). BLM did not gather the horse known as “Old Man.” However, some well-known horses were gathered including “One Ear.” The BLM plans to return “One Ear” to the range with the other horses planned for release. All gathered horses seem to be healthy and have been sent to either the Delta or Sutherland, Utah off-range corral facilities to be inspected by a contract veterinarian, and sorted for adoption/sale or selected for return to the HMA. 

BLM gathered more horses than anticipated simply due to the large herd size captured the final day of trapping. A total of 91 horses were gathered in one group on the last day, thus BLM ended up gathering 30+ more horses than scheduled. Due to these larger numbers, the BLM is anticipating that over 100 horses will be returned to the range after sorting, and as is consistent with appropriate management levels. The exact number is not known until all the sorting, aging, and animal selection process is complete. The date of release for the horses will be publicly announced on BLM’s website and social media.

In 2021 Onaqui gather 

Original herd size  475 + foals /435 removed / 1 returned / 1 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  Jul 13-18, 2021

Contractor:   SAMPSON, SHAYNE F                               Contract price: $134,043.00 140L0621F0208

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  296

Animals Gathered: 436

Facility Destination:   Delta & Sutherland    Max capacity:        300 / ?  Open to public: Y

Public viewing: yes

Plan:   Approximately 296 excess wild horses will be removed. The HMA is currently experiencing exceptional drought conditions. Due to these drought conditions the horses have declined in body condition over the last year due to a lack of forage. This gather will allow BLM to aggressively implement population growth suppression (which is already occurring on the HMA through remote darting) to slow population growth, maintain population size within AML, and to reduce the number of excess wild horses that need to be removed from this HMA in the long term.

Most of the adoptable horses will be shipped to the Delta, Utah Wild Horse & Burro Facility. Most of those horses that are to be released back to the HMA will be shipped to Sutherland, Utah Off-Range Contract Facility. The Delta facility is currently closed to the public.Once the horses have settled down and had time to acclimate, the Delta facility will be opened to the public for viewing, adoption and/or sale. The Sutherland facility is not an open public facility; thus, no public observation will be authorized at that location.

Notes:  BLM Online Corral Adoption on October 12-19, 2021

GATHER REPORTS:

SUNDAY, JULY 18
Animals gathered: 91 (35 stallions, 44 mares, 12 foals)
Animals shipped: 91

SATURDAY, JULY 17
Animals gathered: 108 (60 stallions, 39 mares, 9 foals)
Animals shipped: 108

FRIDAY, JULY 16
Animals gathered: 128 (48 stallions, 64 mares, 16 foals)
Animals shipped: 127
Deaths Today:  1 
Acute: 1  / 4-year old bay mare with a BCS 4, fracture to front left pastern was euthanized, mare had a low prognosis for recovery.

THURSDAY, JULY 15
Animals gathered: 94 (42 stallions, 46 mares, 6 foals)
Animals shipped: 93
Animals Released: 1

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
Animals gathered: 14 (1 stallion, 9 mares, 4 foals)
Animals shipped: 14

2019 Onaqui gather 

Original herd size  510 / 241 removed / 0 returned / 2 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  Sep 11-19, 2019

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  helicopter

Plan Gathered:  200

Animals Gathered: 243

Facility Destination:    Delta             Max capacity:   300      Open to public: Yes / not currently

Public viewing:

Plan: gather approximately 200 horses from state, private, U.S. Forest Service, and BLM lands. The Horses removed from the range will be transported to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah. The facility will be closed beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Tuesday, Sept. 24 to allow the horses to settle and acclimate before being prepared for the BLM’s adoption and sale program.

Notes:

GATHER REPORTS:

In 2012    need link for roundup and release?

Original herd size  0 / 0 removed / 0 returned / 0 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  02/27/12

Contractor:                                   Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  

Plan Gathered:  

Animals Gathered:

Facility Destination:                            Max capacity:         Open to public:  no, currently closed

Public viewing: yes

Plan:

Notes:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmutah/albums/72157629107220852

Photos taken by: Lisa Reid

In 2003  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/71802/


ONAQUI REMOVAL LIST

RANGE CREEK HMA

  • Parts of this HMA are not accessible to the public due to private lands.: The HMA contains 43,235 acres of BLM land and 11,788 acres of Federal, State, and privately owned land for a total of 55,023 acres.
  • AML:   75-125              
  • EST POP             # 36? horses    # 0  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep   

2020 Range Creek HMA Gather

Original herd size  184 / 148 removed / 0 returned / 0 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  July 2020

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  

Plan Gathered:  

Animals Gathered:

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing:

Plan:  Since 1992, approximately 702 wild horses have been gathered and removed from the Range Creek HMA. Gathers were conducted in or adjacent to the HMA in 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2018, 2019 .

Once the AML has been reached, any mares released back to the HMA would be treated with a fertility control vaccine.  Horses removed from the Range Creek gather are tentatively planned to be shipped to the Axtell Off-Range Contract Wild Horse Facility in Axtell, Utah.

Notes:

2019 RANGE CREEK WILD HORSE GATHER

Original herd size  282 / 154 removed / 0 returned / 1 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  Oct 2 2019

Contractor:  SAMPSON, SHAYNE F                                Contract price: $97,098.00 140L0619F0233

Gather Method:  HELI

Plan Gathered:  200

Animals Gathered: 154

Facility Destination:   Axtell Off-Range Contract                         Max capacity:         Open to public: N

Public viewing: Y, escorted tours

Plan: gather approximately 200 horses from Federal, State and private lands.

Notes:

GATHER REPORTS

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Summary:  0 members of the public viewing the event – on private land.  25 public at temporary holding facility.

Animals gathered: 63 (21 stallions, 32 mares, 10 foals) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 37

Friday, September 27, 2019

Summary: 0 members of the public viewing the event – on private land.  12 public at temporary holding facility.

Animals gathered: 9 (3 stallions, 5 mares, 1 foals) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 35

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Summary: 0 members of the public viewing the event – on private land.  8 public at temporary holding facility.

Animals gathered: 34 (8 stallions, 22 mares, 4 foals) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 34

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Summary: No activity, high winds. 4 public present

Monday, September 30, 2019

Summary: 6  public viewing event.  19  public at the temporary holding facility.

Animals gathered: 12 (2 stallions, 7 mares, 3 foals) HBC 4’s

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / One filly was euthanized after severely injuring herself during gather. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Summary: 5  public observed.  20 public at the temporary holding facility. 

Animals gathered: 22 (10 stallions, 10 mares, 2 foals) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 33

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Summary: 2 members of the public viewing the event.  six members of the public at the temporary holding facility. 

Animals gathered: 14 (7 stallions, 4 mares, 3 foals) HBC 4’s
Animals shipped: 14

2018 Range Creek Gather

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Original herd size  375 / 91 removed / 0 returned / 1 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  july 27-13, 2018 Oct 2 2019

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  Bait

Plan Gathered:  100

Animals Gathered: 91

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: NO

Plan:     “Excess wild horses are negatively affecting rangeland resources on private lands.” remove up to 100 wild horses from private lands adjacent to and within the Range Creek HMA

Horses removed from the range will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption.

Notes:    no vet report

GATHER REPORTS

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summary:   All of these horses were outside the Range Creek HMA on private land. 

Animals gathered: 6 HBC 3’s and 4’s.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Animals gathered: 35

Animals shipped: 27

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Animals gathered: 13

Monday, July 2, 2018

Animals gathered: 12
Total deaths today: 1
Acute: 1

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Animals shipped: 35

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summary: No horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered: 1

Thursday July 5, 2018

Summary: No horses were gathered today.

Animals gathered: 24

Friday July 13, 2018

Animals gathered: 1

Saturday July 14, 2018
Animals shipped: 29


RANGE CREEK REMOVAL LIST


SINBAD HMA

  • The HMA contains 89,465 acres of BLM lands and 9,776 acres of Federal, State, and privately owned land for a total of 99,241 acres
  • AML:  50-70               
  • EST POP             # 0 horses    # ? burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

In 2020 Sinbad gather

Original herd size  ? / 36 removed / 0 returned / 0 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  August 13, 2020

Contractor:                                  Contract price: $ ?

Gather Method:  

Plan Gathered:  

Animals Gathered: 36

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing:

Plan: PRESS RELEASE: PRICE, Utah —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed an emergency water/bait trapping operation to remove wild burros that have been habituated to unauthorized water sources. The BLM was forced to undertake this gather and removal operation because unauthorized delivery of water to the wild burros changed their natural behaviors, causing irreparable harm to their wild and free-roaming nature by drawing them away from better forage areas and natural water sources. gathered 36 burros and transferred the animals to the Axtell Facility.

“Unauthorized water delivery interfered with the wild and free roaming nature of the burros in the Sinbad Herd Management Area,” said Utah State Director Greg Sheehan. “These wild burros were impacted and displaced by these unauthorized actions.”

After learning about unauthorized water delivery to wild burros in and near the Muddy Creek and Sinbad Herd Management Areas (HMAs), the BLM determined that an emergency gather would be necessary because the wild burros appeared to have become accustomed to being in the presence of humans and congregating away from their natural water sources. The wild burros from the Sinbad HMA traverse the range during dry conditions and throughout summer months and instinctually know how to find water. Shallow water sources and ponds near well traveled roads tend to dry up causing concern for the public who may not be aware that natural water sources, which are nearby but beyond the view of the motoring public, provide ample water.

Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Brian Steed. “Wild horses and burros do not recognize state and federal boundaries, and we support all efforts to prevent overpopulation for the protection of Utah’s ecosystems and wildlife.”

The BLM Price Field Office is keenly aware of the challenges when it comes to available water and forage. Since early April 2020, the BLM has been conducting weekly visits to the area to check on the health of the wild horses and burros—as well as water and forage resources. The BLM was proactively monitoring the herds before receiving any reports that animals were allegedly out of water. The BLM has been managing drought concerns for these herds for years, going back to 1999 when a severe drought incident occurred.

In the past, BLM hauled water to compromised animals in these areas but found they are typically reluctant to drink out of artificial water troughs and would find water naturally if allowed to do so. Additionally, placing unauthorized water troughs into dry ponds encourages the animals to stay in areas with no natural water instead of moving into the more remote locations with natural water sources.

The BLM encourages the public to please reach out to their local BLM office before taking actions to support the health and welfare of any wild horses or burros. For wildlife concerns, the public is encouraged to reach out to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Notes: No gather, or vet report


SINBAD REMOVAL LIST

SULPHUR HMA

  • HMA contains 230,157 acres of BLM land and 35,554 acres of federal, state, and privately owned land for a total of 265,711 acres.
  • AML:   165-250              
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    # 0  burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

 In 2020 Sulphur gather

Original herd est:  1193 / 628 gathered / 46 returned / 8 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  August 2020

ContractorSAMPSON, SHAYNE F                                 Contract price: $204,380.00 140L0620F0192

Gather Method:  HELI

Plan Gathered:   600

Animals Gathered: 628

Facility Destination:  Axtell Facility          Max capacity:  2250      Open to public:  NO

Public viewing: yes

Plan: gather approximately 600 wild horses. Population growth suppression will be implemented to help stabilize the annual increase of animals being born on the HMA.  Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary to protect public safety.

Notes:

DAILY GATHER REPORTS

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Summary:   11 public observed

Animals gathered: 78 (45 stallions, 22 mares, 11 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Animals gathered: 18 (8 stallions, 8 mares, 2 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s
Animals shipped: 46 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Summary:   5  public observed

Animals gathered: 82 (21 stallions, 44 mares, 17 foals) Majority HBC 3’s, Five mares scored 2’s and a few scored 4’s.
Animals shipped: 49 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / One foal was euthanized due to a dislocated front right shoulder with torn muscles/ligaments.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Summary: 3 members of the public observed

Animals gathered: 54 (24 stallions, 18 mares, 12 foals) HBC majority of the body scores were 3’s.  Six mares scored 2’s and a few scored 4’s and 5’s
Animals shipped: 49 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Wednesday August 19, 2020

Summary: 9  public observed

Animals gathered: 23 (16 stallions, 6 mares, 1 foals) HBC 3’s or 4’s.
Animals shipped: 44 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / One stud was humanely euthanized due to an old injury resulting in a club-foot.

Thursday August 20, 2020

Summary:   3  public observed

Animals gathered: 18 (7 stallions, 7 mares, 4 foals) HBC 3’s or 4’s.  One mare HBC of 2.
Animals shipped: 44 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Friday August 21, 2020

Summary:     3  public observed

Animals gathered: 54 (12 stallions, 30 mares, 12 foals) HBC 3-5’s

Total Deaths Today:  3
Acute: 1 / One horse died suddenly due to colic.
Chronic/Pre-existing: 2 / One stud was euthanized due to a deformed left foot.  One stud was euthanized due to both front legs being deformed from the hock to the hoof. 

Saturday August 22, 2020

Animals gathered: 21 (7 stallions, 10 mares, 4 foals) HBC 3-4’s
Animals shipped: 47 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Sunday August 23, 2020

Animals gathered: 55 (21 stallions, 24 mares, 10 foals)  HBC 4-5’s

Monday August 24, 2020

Summary:   12  public observed

Animals gathered: 55 (13 stallions, 26 mares, 16 foals) HBC 5’s.
Animals shipped: 49 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Tuesday August 25, 2020

Summary:   3  public observed

Animals gathered: 32 (8 stallions, 14 mares, 10 foals) HBC 5’s

Wednesday August 26, 2020

Animals gathered: 48 (18 stallions, 20 mares, 10 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s, three wet mares that scored 3’s.
Animals shipped: 96 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / One mare was euthanized due to a broken neck sustained from hitting a panel.

Thursday August 27, 2020

Summary:   2  public observed

Animals gathered: 25 (11 stallions, 9 mares, 5 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s.
Animals shipped: 81 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  2
Chronic/Pre-existing: 2 / One stud was euthanized due to suffering from a sway back.  One stud was euthanized due to a left hind leg injury causing tendons to contract. 

Friday August 28, 2020

Animals gathered: 57 (24 stallions, 19 mares, 14 foals) HBC 4’s and 5’s.
Animals shipped: 61 (Axtel Off-Range Contract Facility)

2018 UT BEAVER / 140L0618F0165 -1  / (07/25/2018-08/31/2018) / CLOSED / $135,885.20 / Bible Springs Complex/Sulphur Wild Horse Helicopter Gather


SULPHUR REMOVAL LIST

SWASEY MOUNTAINS HMA

  • 120,113 acres of public and state lands
  • AML:    60-100             
  • EST POP             #  ?  horses    #  0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep

2020 Swasey Mtn gather

Original herd size  865 / 652 removed / 0 returned / 9 deaths / 0 fertility / 0 collared 

Date of gather:  heli July 15-24 24, 2020 / Water Trap:  Sept 11- Oct  6, 2020

ContractorSAMPSON, SHAYNE F                                 Contract price: $169,675.00 140L0620F0166

Gather Method:  603 heli / 49 water trap 

Plan Gathered:  800

Animals Gathered:  661

Facility Destination:   Axtell and Delta        Max capacity:       Open to Public:  No  / Not currently

Public viewing: yes

Plan: gather and remove 800 excess wild horses from within the Swasey HMA. Once the AML has been reached, any mares released would be treated with a fertility control measures. There are two gathers on the National Gather Schedule. The first gather will be using a helicopter method, if 800 wild horses are captured, then there will not be a second gather. If the gather objective is not met via helicopter method, then a water trap gather method will be scheduled in August to reach AML. A population growth suppression and sex ratio adjustment would be implemented upon reaching AML.

Since 1978, approximately 900 wild horses have been gathered and removed from the Swasey HMA. In 1978, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2013 gathers were conducted in or adjacent to the HMA.

Horses removed from the Swasey gather are tentatively planned to be shipped to the Axtell Off-Range Corrals in Axtell, Utah. Those horses to be released back into the HMA will be shipped to the Delta Wild Horse Facility in Delta, Utah for treatment.

Notes:   deaths 9 (2 Helicopter, 7 Water Trap)

GATHER REPORT

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Summary: 27 public observed

Animals gathered: 150 (60 stallions, 24 mares, 0 foals)  HBC 3-5,  two with body scores of 2
Animals shipped: 84 (39 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 45 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Summary: 6 public observed

Animals gathered: 103 (37 stallions, 46 mares, 20 foals) HBC 3-4, seven with body scores of 2.
Animals shipped: 124 (93 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 31 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Friday,  July 17, 2020

Summary: 15 public observed

Animals gathered: 56 (19 stallions, 23 mares, 14 foals) HBC 3-4, seven with body scores of 2.
Animals shipped: 101 (85 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 16 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Saturday,  July 18, 2020

Summary: 3  public observed.

Animals gathered: 89 (27 stallions, 44 mares, 18 foals) HBC 3-4, seven with body scores of 2
Animals shipped: 88 (53 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 35 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / One 5 year old mare was fatally injured after hitting a panel.

Sunday,  July 19, 2020

Summary: 6  public observed

Animals gathered: 61 (17 stallions, 32 mares, 12 foals) majority HBC 3-4, 14 with body scores of 2, Two scored 1.5
Animals shipped: 61 (37 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 24 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Monday,  July 20, 2020

Summary: 4  public observed 

Animals gathered: 47 (24 stallions, 15 mares, 8 foals) majority HBC 3-5, five with body scores of 2.
Animals shipped: 25 (all to Delta WHB Facility)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Summary: 4 public observed

Animals gathered: 19 (7 stallions, 8 mares, 4 foals) Most HBC 3-4,  Five horses scored 1, ten horses scored 2
Animals shipped: 3 horses to Delta WHB Facility

Total Deaths Today:  1
Chronic/Pre-existing: 1 / One horse was euthanized due to a pre-existing condition.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Summary: 3 public observed

Animals gathered: 42 (14 stallions, 18 mares, 10 foals) HBC 3-5, two with body scores of 2.
Animals shipped: 10 horses to Delta WHB Facility

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Summary: 2 members of the public observed 

Animals gathered: 27 (11 stallions, 11 mares, 5 foals) HBC 3-4, four with body scores of 2, one horse 1.5
Animals shipped: 59 (48 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 11 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

Friday,  July 24, 2020

Summary: 5 public observed

Animals gathered: 9 (2 stallions, 5 mares, 2 foals) HBC 3-5, one horse 2.
Animals shipped: 9 (6 horses to Axtell Off-Range Corrals and 3 horses to Delta WHB Facility)

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The following entries are for the Water Trap Gather at Swasey HMA
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Friday, September 11, 2020

Animals gathered: 23 (11 stallions, 7 mares, 5 foals) HBC 1-4
Animals shipped: 21 (Axtell Off-Range Corral)

Deaths Today:  2
Chronic/Pre-existing: 2 / Two horses were humanely euthanized today.  One was missing his left eye.  The other was suffering from an old break in her left hind ankle. 

Friday, September 17, 2020

Animals gathered: 11 (5 stallions, 4 mares, 2 foals) HBC 1-4
Animals shipped: 10 (Axtell Off-Range Corral)

Total Deaths Today:  1
Acute: 1 / One horse died instantly while hitting a panel.

Friday, September 26, 2020

Animals gathered: 15 (4 stallions, 8 mares, 3 foals) HBC 1-4
Animals shipped: 11 (10/6/20 to Axtell Off-Range Corral)

Total Deaths Today:  4
Chronic/Pre-existing: 4 / Four horses were euthanized.  All had a body condition unable to maintain or improve.


SWASEY MOUNTAIN REMOVAL LIST

TILLY CREEK HMA

  • 37,006 acres
  • AML:   20-50              
  • EST POP             # ?  horses    #  0 burros   #  cattle   #  sheep


This UTAH HMA project will include gatherable information from a multitude of verified sources and combine it all together for a complete access point for wild horses of this state. It will show you FACTS and links to BLM, ROUNDUPS, MEDIA, ADVOCATES, FERTILITY, SANCTUARIES, NON PROFITS, YEARLY HISTORY, STATISTICS, RECORDS OF ABUSE, RESEARCH, POLITICS, LAWS, LAWSUITS, CONGRESS, CATTLE INDUSTRY, SLAUGHTER RECORDS, KILL PENS and any other important data for complete oversight in relation to the BLM’s activity related to the Herd Management Areas of this nation’s wild horse herds.

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