ePlanning DOI-BLM-CO-N050-2018-0071-DNA (Gather of Excess Wild Horses Located Outside of the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area)  
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06/04/2018 09:23:14 MDT
BLM seeks public comment on potential wild horse gather in northwestern Colorado
In the White River Field Office, the BLM is proposing to gather all excess wild horses that are outside the designated Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (HMA), including those in the West Douglas area. The BLM could potentially use all approved gather methods, such as bait-trapping and helicopter drive-trapping. The BLM estimates the current population of wild horses outside the HMA to be 374 wild horses. The BLM is prioritizing the areas outside the HMA, although the population within the HMA is 532 wild horses, well above the established appropriate management level of between 135 and 235 horses.  
Wild horses removed through this gather will be taken to the Canon City holding facility and be made available for adoption or sale. Wild horse gathers are approved at the national level based on funding and priority. While a proposed gather within the White River Field Office is not currently approved for this year, the BLM Northwest District is developing a gather plan in case funding becomes available.

How to comment
Public comments regarding this proposal need to be received by July 5, 2018. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 East Market Street, Meeker, CO  81641. Comments can also be submitted via email to: blm_co_wild_horse_management@blm.gov

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 
Public Review of Draft Documents
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) - Draft 06/04/2018 doiblmcoN0520180071dna_public review.pdf (537 KB)     
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - Unsigned 06/04/2018 doiblmcoN0520180071dna_Unsigned FONSI_public review.pdf (301 KB)