Wyoming Wild Horses Targeted

Wild horse roundups should not be used as the “easy way” out to avoid proper on-the-range management options.

Wyoming’s White Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) is part of a successful ecotourism resource where wild horses can be viewed as part of the Pilot Butte Wild Horse scenic tour route.

These beautiful wild horses live on almost 400,000 acres of public and private lands. But the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sets their Appropriate Management Level (AML) at only 205-300 wild horses. This AML was set in 1997 and has not been adjusted.

Ironically, the BLM allows extensive grazing for cattle and sheep during both summer and winter seasons in this HMA and surrounding areas.

Current plans are to remove over 580 White Mountain horses, lowering the population to an AML of only 205 horses.

The BLM has chosen to base this removal number on a 2022 census which was conducted before an extremely harsh winter in 2023. That horrible winter caused heavy mortality for wildlife, including wild horses, all across Wyoming.

While the BLM acknowledges that the winter severely affected other wildlife species, somehow it did not result in significant mortality in the White Mountain herd! They have the gall to claim the wild horse herd’s population actually grew by 31% over two years.

Prior to any roundup of wild horses (or burros), the BLM has to complete an accurate and scientific population estimate and also undergo a full Environmental Assessment (EA) to ensure a thriving natural ecological balance.

The BLM has issued a Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) based on an EA released in 2021, rather than undergoing the proper National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process, including an EA to analyze impacts of a proposed roundup on the current population.