BLM announced today that 149 horses would be removed from the Muddy Creek HMA in central Utah, beginning in August. Overpopulation and dry conditions were cited as the reasons for removal. Fertility control will be applied to the remaining horses to slow population growth.
The news release did not indicate if helicopters would be used for the roundup and if it will be open to public observation. The presence of livestock on the HMA was not discussed nor the destination of captured animals.
A link for the gather reports and daily stats was not provided.
The Muddy Creek HMA covers 283,400 acres and has an AML of 125, for a target population density of 0.44 animals per thousand acres. It’s managed for wild horses and burros.