West Douglas (Colo.) update: BLM captures 11 wild horses

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Captured West Douglas wild horses photographed in temporary holding corrals on July 29. BLM photo.

The Bureau of Land Management captured 11 wild horses on Sunday, the eighth day of an “emergency” helicopter roundup on the West Douglas Herd Area, 20 miles south of Rangely, Colo. No injuries were reported.

A total of 255 wild horses have been captured so far. Three horses haven been euthanized for “chronic pre-existing conditions.”

The two stallions, seven mares and two foals captured Monday are part of an estimated 450 wild horses that the agency plans to remove from their home range over 19-25 days. 

The agency said that the roundup was necessary because of limited forage and water, deteriorating condition of the horses, and because the nearby Oil Springs Fire has burned summer habitat and limited access to water sources. The fire burned 12,613 acres starting June 18.

The West Douglas Herd Area has not been managed for wild horses since 1975, according to BLM.

Captured horses are being shipped to the Canon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility to be readied for adoption or sale.

Members of the public interested in viewing the roundup should call (970) 673-7768 for the next day’s meeting times and locations.