Wild horse plan under review

Wild horses in the Warm Springs Herd Management Area near Burns, OR.

The Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) in Idaho encompasses more than 168,000 acres and has an appropriate management level of 185-253 horses.

Currently, the population is estimated to be around 429 animals within and directly outside the HMA.

The Bureau of Land Management Challis Field Office will begin to gather horses on Nov. 5, 2019 and will continue for five to nine days.

The office plans to gather around 365 horses and remove 244 wild horses, leaving around 185 feral horses.

The mares released back to the range will be treated with fertility control.

The BLM will conduct gather operations by utilizing a helicopter-assisted method.

Members of the public are invited to view gatherings, as long as the safety of the animals is not jeopardized.

Those interested in observing should call the Challis Wild Horse Gather Info Line and RSVP your attendance and those in your party by leaving a message at 208-879-6271 by Nov. 2.

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