The Bureau of Land Management captured 50 wild horses on Tuesday, Jan. 30, during the final day of a two-day helicopter drive trapping at the Hog Creek HMA near Harper, Oregon. No horses were captured the previous day, according to the BLM.
The 50 horses captured included 25 mares, 24 studs, and one foal. The 21,814-acre Hog Creek HMA, located in northern Malheur County, has a BLM-assigned Appropriate Management Level of 30-50 wild horses. Before the capture, the total wild horse population was 66, according to the BLM.
The agency plans to release 25 of the captured horses back to the HMA in order to “maintain a diverse age structure and ratio.” Approximately 15 of the horses released back into the HMA will be mares that are 2-years of age or older and will have been treated with PZP fertility treatment.
As of now, all 50 animals have been shipped to the Wild Horse Corrals in Burns, Oregon. The horses selected for permanent removal will be prepared for adoption at this location.
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