BLM to round up horses near Norwood
In September, the Bureau of Land Management will gather about 60 wild horses in the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area southwest of Norwood. BLM officials said Tuesday they want to reduce the herd’s population so it is in better balance with the land the animals run on.
The nearly 22,000-acre area has about 90 wild horses, but it can only sustain between 35 and 65 horses. The herd’s population grew about 23 percent since it was last counted in 2007.
As a result, on Sept. 15 BLM officials will round up about 60 of them. Ten mares will be re-released into the area, but will be injected with porcine zona pellucida, an immunocontraception that will prevent pregnancies.
On Sept. 24 the BLM will place about 25 of the captured horses up for adoption. Interested individuals will have to meet certain corral and shelter requirements to obtain one.
For more information about those requirements, go to http://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/requirements.php. The wild horses not adopted will be placed in long-term pastures.
The BLM manages four herd-management areas in western Colorado: the Piceance-East herd near Meeker, the Little Bookcliffs herd north of Grand Junction, the Sand Wash herd west of Craig and the Norwood herd.