The RSFO proposes to gather and remove wild horses to the low Appropriate Management Level (AML) from the three HMAs: Salt Wells Creek, Adobe Town, and Great Divide Basin to comply with the 2013 Consent Decree Rock Springs Grazing Association v. Salazar [Civil Action No. 11-CV-263-NDF]. These three HMAs were scheduled to be gathered in 2016; however, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the 2014 checkerboard removal activities caused that planned gather to be canceled and redesigned for a Section 3 AML gather.
The 2017 wild horse populations in the three HMAs are projected to be over AML: 835 wild horses in the Salt Wells Creek HMA (AML is 251-365); 820 wild horses in the Adobe Town HMA (AML is 610-800); and 650 wild horses in the Great Divide Basin HMA (AML is 415-600). A total removal of 1029 wild horses is needed to achieve the low AML in the three HMAs (584 removed from Salt Wells Creek, 210 removed from Adobe Town, and 235 removed from Great Divide Basin HMA).