Wyoming BLM to hold hearing on use of helicopters in wild horse roundups

A BLM’s contractor’s helicopter pursues wild horses during an October 2017 roundup in Wyoming’s Checkerboard region. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming will hold its annual hearing on the use of helicopters and other motorized vehicles in wild horse management at 5:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Rawlins Field Office, located at 1300 North Third.

Members of the public are invited to attend the hearing and share their views. Those who wish to comment will be given about three minutes each, according to a press release. Comments are kept for the public record. The hearing will end after the last member of the public speaks.

In addition to using them for capturing and removing wild horses, BLM uses helicopters for other tasks such as population estimates and tracking herd distribution. Other vehicles, like semi tractor-trailers, are used to transport wild horses.

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