250 wild horses near Meeker to be relocated
The Bureau of Land Management is planning to gather more wild horses for relocation next month, this time from a herd near Meeker.
From Sept. 20 until the end of the month, workers will gather nearly 250 wild horses in the 190,000-acre Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area.
Last fall, the bureau relocated about 70 horses roaming near the West Douglas herd area.
“Wild horses are not native wildlife and have no effective natural predators, so these gathers are needed periodically to keep wild horse herds at a level that the range can sustain,” BLM White River Field Manager Kent Walker said. “Since 1980, we have gathered wild horses within this area more than a dozen times, which has kept this wild horse herd and range healthy.”
Walker said the area can handle 135 to 235 horses, but currently has a population of about 380. Herds typically grow by about 20 percent a year, he said.
Horses will be taken to the BLM’s wild horse facility in Canon City, with the majority of them being put out for adoption. Horses not adopted are placed in long-term pastures, the BLM said.