April 12, 2019 DNA and Decision posted.
**Comments on this DNA are being accepted via USPS to the Burns District Office (28910 Hwy 20 W, Hines, Oregon, 97738), or on this website. Comments must be postmarked by March 17, 2019.
The number of animals gathered combined with the estimated 30 horses and 30 burros remaining on the range indicates that there are approximately 779 excess horses (plus 2 mules) and 56 excess burros above the low end of the respective AMLs. If this decision record is approved, the estimated number of horses and burros remaining on the range is derived from the pre-gather population estimates coupled with the pilot’s counts during the final days of the gather (Appendix C: Gather Summary). A spring 2019 survey of the HMA is scheduled to confirm the approximate number of horses remaining on the range.
Under the proposed action in this DNA, these excess animals would be permanently removed from the HMA and prepared for the adoption, sale, or transfer programs as described in the 2018 EA (p. 63), absent a different decision record being approved. The BLM would also return approximately 66 wild horses (depending on the results of the spring 2019 survey) to the HMA to achieve the low AML (96 horses) in calendar year 2019. As described in the proposed action of the 2018 EA, the sex ratio of wild horses on the range would be 50/50, with stallions and mares returned to the range at the same time, to the extent possible.