Cold Springs, Day two: BLM captures 46 wild horses, total climbs to 134


The Bureau of Land Management captured 46 wild horses on Thursday during the second day of the helicopter drive trapping at the Cold Springs Herd Management Area near Juntura, Ore.

The BLM reported no injuries or fatalities among the 12 mares, 25 studs and 9 foals captured.

The additional 46 horses brings the roundup total to 134.

The agency is set out to remove an estimated 180 wild horses from 29,883-acre HMA. The current wild horse population is 190.The agency-set “Appropriate Management Level” is 75 to 150 horses.

Of the horses captured, 60-75 will be released back to the HMA in order to “maintain a diverse age structure and sex ratio”, according to the BLM. The horses that will be released back into the HMA will include approximately 37 mares that are two years of age or older. Before release, the mares will receive PZP fertility treatment due to the “need to reduce population growth,” according to the BLM.

85 of the horses captured have been shipped to Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Ore. to be prepared for adoption.

Those interested in visiting the Corral Facility, or attending the roundup may call (541) 947-6237.