A helicopter pursues wild horses during the recent Owyhee Complex roundup in Nevada. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


Bureau of Land Management press release


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a hearing about the use of aircraft and motor vehicles in wild horse and burro management on public lands Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville, 220 Conference Center Drive, Roseville.

At the hearing, BLM staff specialists will discuss vehicle and aircraft use for wild horse and burro management for lands managed by BLM California. Participants can provide written comments or make statements at the hearing.

The BLM periodically gathers and removes wild horses and burros from public lands to maintain populations in balance with other range users including wildlife and permitted livestock, and to ensure that rangeland forage and water sources are not over-used.

Wild horses and burros are protected on BLM and Forest Service lands under the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which requires population management and control. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 authorizes the BLM to use aircraft and motor vehicles in this work, and requires public hearings prior to such use.

For more information, contact Amy Dumas, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, 916-978-4678.