All 38 of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range's adult wild horses and seven foals were adopted out on Saturday. The horses were trapped over a six-week period by Bureau of Land Management staff.
“Really, this entire operation of selective removal through baiting is unprecedented for the BLM,” said Jared Bybee, wild horse specialist. “We actually gathered and handled about 150 wild horses without injuries or incidents involving the wild horses, the public, or BLM staff.”
The gather is designed to lessen the impacts horses have on the range. The population is now about 133 wild horses, which is slightly above the established appropriate management level of 90 to 120 horses, excluding the current year’s foals.
The horse range is in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings, along the Montana-Wyoming border and encompasses about 38,000 acres of BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service managed land.