BLM Postpones Oregon Roundup Due To Fire

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Wild horses near Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. File photo by Vince Patton / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Wild horses near Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon.
File photo by Vince Patton / Oregon Public Broadcasting

 

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As published by Oregon Public Broadcasting

A wild horse roundup in eastern Oregon has been postponed because of the Cherry Road Fire.

The plan was for the Bureau of Land Management to collect about 100 feral horses from the overpopulated herd that lives on BLM lands. But now the Cherry Road fire has burned through about 20 percent of the herd management area. BLM spokesman Larry Moore said that means even less for the wild horses to eat.

“Now that even more of the forage has been burned completely, that will likely necessitate more horses bring gathered, though at this point we can’t say for sure,” said Moore.

BLM workers will survey horse habitat after the fire to gauge the next steps for the herd, but Moore says it’s likely that an emergency roundup will take place later.

Some of the collected horses were to be moved to the BLM corral facility in Hines for fertility treatment.

Wild horses and burros are protected under a 1971 law but are allowed to be removed from the range when they are overpopulated. In Oregon, BLM managers estimate herds are overpopulated by about 1,000 feral horses.

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