The BLM’s Challis Field Office captured 295 wild horses from the Challis Herd Management Area near Challis on Nov. 5-11.

According to a press release from the agency, an aerial census flight will be conducted this week to determine the number of horses remaining on the range. A ratio of studs and mares will be released to the range to reach the low end of the desired management level of 185. The mares will be treated with a fertility control vaccine prior to release.

According to the release, the purpose of the gather was to reduce overpopulation of wild horses within and outside the management area, prevent further degradation of the land associated with excess wild horses and restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship.

The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the Bruneau Off-Range Wild Horse Corral facility, to be readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. Those horses identified to return to the range were transported to the Challis Off-Range Corral facility where they will be cared for until they are released.

Public viewing at the corral will end Saturday, Nov. 16, and re-commence in early December.

Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at blm.gov/idaho/2019-challis-HMA-wild-horse-gather

For more information, contact Heather Tiel-Nelson, BLM wild horse and burro public affairs specialist, at 208-736-2352 or hnelson@blm.gov.

For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit blm.gov/whb.

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