MEEKER, Colorado - The Bureau of Land Management has ended an emergency gathering of wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area and has lifted the closure of public lands associated with the gathering operation.
Drought conditions that forced a public land closure in lands south of Rangely no longer threaten the wild horse herd. The BLM gathered 20 horses in July through water trapping.
A portion of BLM lands near Texas Mountain were closed to the public to reduce strain on drought-stressed horses.
The BLM began hauling water to horses in an area where all drinking water sources had dried up. The BLM planned to gather up to 50 horses, but stopped once drought conditions abated and the animals could find naturally occurring water seeps.
Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages, protects and controls wild horses and burros. The federal agency manages four herd areas in western Colorado to maintain healthy wild horse herds in balance with other resources and uses of the land.
For more information about wild horses and how to see them, visit www.blm.gov/co.