The Bureau of Land Management captured 11 wild horses on Monday and 32 on Tuesday, the ninth and 10th days of an “emergency” helicopter roundup on the West Douglas Herd Area, 20 miles south of Rangely, Colo. On Tuesday, one stallion suffered a broken leg and was put down.
A total of 287 wild horses have been captured so far. Three other horses haven been euthanized for “chronic pre-existing conditions.”
BLM plans to remove 450 wild horses 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 Canyon 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.