Wild horses are pursued by a contractor’s helicopter during November 2016’s Owyhee roundup in Nevada. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 15 wild horses on Friday in its second day of helicopter drive-trapping near the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area in Colorado, bringing the two-day total of wild horses removed from the range to 61.

BLM’s goal is to remove 100 wild horses from private land and other areas outside the HMA. Captured wild horses will be transported to BLM’s Canon City, Colorado, holding facility, where they are to be made available for adoption or sale.

The wild horses captured were assigned a body score of 5, or moderate, on a 10-point scale.

No injuries were reported on Friday. On Thursday, a 4-month-old colt was euthanized after the discovery of a knee injury, according to BLM.

The agency estimates that there are 210 wild horses outside of the HMA. Its Aug. 11 Decision Record leaves open the possibility of future roundups of wild horses that have strayed from the HMA.

Those interested in attending the roundup may call (970) 878-3814.

For planning documents related to the roundup, please click here.


46 Colorado wild horses captured; foal euthanized, Sept. 15, 2017

BLM finalizes plan to capture 100 Colorado wild horses, Aug. 11, 2017