A helicopter pursues wild horses during the February 2017 Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area roundup in Utah. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 10 wild horses during in its fourth day of helicopter drive-trapping on Sundaynear the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area in Colorado, increasing the total number of wild horses removed from the range to 81.

BLM’s goal is to remove 100 wild horses from private land and other areas outside the HMA. So far, 70 wild horses have been transported to BLM’s Canon City, Colorado, holding facility, where they are to be made available for adoption or sale.

For the fourth straight day, the wild horses captured were assigned a body score of 5, or moderate, on a 10-point scale.

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

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.


10 Colorado wild horses captured; foal separated from band, Sept. 17, 2017

BLM captures 15 Colorado wild horses on second day of trapping, Sept. 16, 2017

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

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