The Bureau of Land Management plans to gather approximately 450 wild horses from BLM-administered and other lands within and near the Blawn Wash Herd Management Area and Bible Spring Complex HMA using the helicopter drive-trapping method.

Purpose of Gather

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The gather decision supports the BLM’s continuing efforts to remove excess wild horses within the Blawn Wash Herd Management Area and Bible Spring Complex and need to restore a thriving natural ecological balance. The current population of wild horses is in excess of the established Appropriate Management Level that is authorized within the Herd Management Area.

Public Observation

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Opportunities are available for the public to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours so long as conditions remain safe for both the horses and participants and ensuring that gather operations are not disrupted. Observers must provide their own transportation, water and food. No public restrooms will be available. The BLM recommends weather-appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel drive or other high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended (possible muddy conditions). Details about the BLM-escorted tours will be updated each evening during the gather and announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801-539-4050. Gather operations will begin on Sunday, Aug. 7, and individuals should meet at the Maverik Adventure’s First Stop located at 220 North Airport Road, Cedar City, Utah where tours will depart at 5:30 a.m. Daily updates on the gather can be found here.