This has been in the news for a few days but was not formally acknowledged by the BLM until yesterday. Bait trapping will be used beginning in late August, to remove up to 60 horses from the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range near Grand Junction, CO.
Overpopulation was cited as the reason for the gather. Horses younger than five years of age will be the focus of the operation.
Captured animals will be taken to a BLM facility in Cañon City, CO, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption.
Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range is one of just three areas in the western U.S. managed primarily for wild horses. Livestock grazing does not occur there.
The post-gather population density, based on 130 horses remaining and 36,113 acres of land available for grazing, is 3.6 animals per thousand acres, considerably higher than the national average of one animal per thousand acres on BLM-managed lands. But it’s one of the smaller HMAs managed by the agency.
A page for viewing day-by-day gather statistics has not been created as of today.
See also this report in The Daily Sentinel posted 07/27/18.