The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comments concerning proposed gathers of excess wild horses in areas managed by the White River Field Office. The BLM conducts gathers to sustain healthy public lands and healthy populations of wild horses. Maintaining healthy herd populations is a key aspect in the BLM’s mission to manage public lands for a variety of natural resources and uses. The field office is proposing to gather excess wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area and the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area. The Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area currently has 377 wild horses, and its appropriate management level is between 135 and 235 wild horses. The West Douglas Herd Area currently has 365 wild horses but is not intended to be managed for wild horse populations. The BLM is considering gathering up to 167 wild horses in these areas. The BLM is seeking public input on any additional alternatives or issues that should be considered when evaluating the proposed gather operations in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. You’ll find more information, including how to make your comments, by clicking here.