BLM will remove approximately 200 wild horses from the Frisco HMA beginning on September 21, due to overpopulation. A secondary objective is to capture 21 mares that have been fitted with radio/GPS collars for research purposes.
The operation will be carried out with helicopters and will be open to public observation according to the news release.
The HMA covers 60,367 acres in western Utah and has an AML of 60, so the stocking rate allowed by plan is one wild horse per thousand acres. The pre-gather population is thought to be around 250 horses.
The announcement did not provide the NEPA project that authorizes the roundup so the forage allocations and number of excess horses can’t be determined at this time.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Axtell.
A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not included. Western Horse Watchers was unable to find it on the Utah gather page.