BLM approves wild horse roundup in southcentral Idaho

Posted at 4:05 PM, Oct 01, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials plan to roundup nearly all the wild horses in a south-central Idaho wild horse area, so the population can be brought down and maintained at about fifty horses.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that it has approved an environmental analysis that includes using fertility control on 25 female horses that would be released back into the wild.

The agency estimates the population at the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area -- about fifteen miles south of Glenns Ferry -- will be about 170 horses by next summer.

The agency says if the roundup occurs then, it expects to capture about 150 horses using a bait and water trap.

Horses not returned to the wild would be prepared for the agency's adoption program.

It's not clear when the roundup might occur.

(by Associated Press)