Craig briefs: BLM seeks input on wild horse bait-trapping |

Craig briefs: BLM seeks input on wild horse bait-trapping

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin in order to administer fertility treatments and remove up to 50 horses, according to a news release.

The BLM proposes to use a bait-trapping method in which wild horses in and around the Sand Wash Herd Management Area would be attracted to corrals. While confined in a corral, BLM employees and Sand Wash Advocacy Team members would identify mares, that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, before being released back to the range. Up to 50 young wild horses would be removed for placement in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

“Our partnership with SWAT and GEMS has been vital to meeting our goal of maintaining the health of the Sand Wash wild horses and the lands they depend upon,” BLM Northwest District Manager Joe Meyer said in a news release.

The BLM manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance, stated the news release.

Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM seeks comment on the Environmental Assessment of this gather plan, available at the Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625 and online at: Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to

Before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information commentors, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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Northwest Colorado Health and Craig Chamber of Commerce are hosting a mixer to celebrate National Health Center week. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwest Colorado Health, 745 Russell St. The mixer will include food, drinks and door prizes. Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, on Aug. 27, also will be available for $10 each. RSVP the Chamber at 970-824-5689.

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