BLM requested bids today for long-term care of wild horses and burros removed from public lands in the western U.S. A similar request was posted last June.
Facilities must be located in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (panhandle only), Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Contracts will be awarded for 200 to 5,000 animals, with four-year and nine-year renewal options.
Western rangelands can’t support the current number of wild horses and burros in conjunction with ‘other legally mandated uses,’ according to the news release, a euphemism for ‘privately owned livestock.’
What does this say about the 2019 roundup season? Ten thousand plus?
The forage currently allocated to livestock on public lands managed by the BLM would support 750,000 wild horses and burros, enough to empty all of the off-range corrals and long-term pastures fifteen times over.
UPDATE: See also this report posted today by Oregon Public Broadcasting.