Pokegama Wild Horse Roundup Begins Next Month

BLM will remove an unknown number of horses from the Pokegama HMA, starting September 14, at the request of a private landowner.

The operation will be carried out with bait traps, according to the news release, and will not be open to public observation.

The HMA covers 80,885 acres on the California-Oregon border and has an AML of 50, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 0.6 animals per thousand acres.

The roundup will occur on private lands only, denoted by white in the following map.

Pokegama HMA Map-1

Horses will not be gathered from public lands, denoted by tan, which constitute a small part of the HMA.  The problem resembles that of the Wyoming Checkerboard: How do you keep the horses off private lands?  Are California and Oregon fence-out states?

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Hines, OR.

A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.

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