BLM to host tour of Sutherland (Utah) wild horse holding corrals

/ In The News, News

Photo taken at RTF’s Lompoc, Calif., headquarters sanctuary by Tony Stromberg

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public tour of the privately-owned Sutherland, Utah, Off-Range Corrals on June 7.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 3890 North 4000 West in Sutherland, Utah.

“Tour attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility, observe approximately 800 wild horses and discuss the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program,” according to a BLM press release.

The 30-acre Sutherland corrals can care for “up to 1,500 wild horses,” according to BLM. Sutherland is one of five locations in Utah where captured wild horses and burros are held off the range.

RTF continues to call for Congress to demand improved care and biosecurity for captured wild horses and burros — and for a long-overdue shift away from the mismanagement putting thousands of federally protected wild horses and burros into overcrowded off-range holding facilities.

RTF has long advocated for the use of a proven, safe and humane fertility control vaccine that if properly implemented can replace removals as the agency’s primary management tool and allow for the phasing out of long-term holding.

A total of 145 wild horses recently died of a preventable equine flu at the Cañon City (Colo.) holding corrals. A report found 13 agency violations at the crowded facility, including failure to immunize the affected horses.

Take Action: Tell Congress that BLM must take steps to ensure the health and safety of captive wild horses and burros