BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses

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The methods the Bureau of Land Management want to see are really very invasive – “surgical, chemical, or pharmaceutical, and may also include intrauterine devices”. It makes better sense to stop rounding up the adult stallions that know how to manage their herds. Heavy handed stewardship will destroy the wild horse and burro populations …not save them. ~ HfH


BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horse and Burro Herds

wild horsesWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it is extending to May 28, 2014, its application deadline for research proposals aimed at controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West. The original deadline was May 7.

The BLM, which is extending the deadline to ensure that it receives the best ideas for effective contraceptive techniques, is reaching out to veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other researchers outside of the agency. Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, said, “We are looking for breakthrough methods of controlling population growth rates, which will lessen the need to remove animals from the range while saving taxpayers money.”

In its Request for Applications, which responds to recommendations of a June 2013 National Academy of Sciences study, the BLM declared its interest in the development of new or refinement of current techniques and protocols for either contraception or the spaying/neutering of on-range male and female wild horses and burros. The methods may be surgical, chemical, or pharmaceutical, and may also include intrauterine devices. A set of questions and answers regarding the applications can be found here.

The President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 includes $80.2 million for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, a $2.8 million increase over the FY 2014 level. The additional funds will be used to implement the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences study (which can be accessed at:

The BLM estimates that 40,605 wild horses and burros (about 33,780 horses and 6,825 burros) are roaming BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states, based on the latest data available, compiled as of February 28, 2013. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years, as confirmed by the June 2013 NAS study that urged the BLM to make wider use of fertility control and found that, on average, the BLM undercounts the Westwide population of wild horses and burros by 20 to 30 percent.

The link to the solicitation can be found at: horse . (The funding opportunity number is L14AS00048.)

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • judye michaels

    Did the BLM already “reach out” for answers in the form of a $1m study by the NAS that, basically, suggested “leave the horses alone” as the BEST way to “manage” the herds????
    In my opinion, they want to look like they are trying to do some “good” and placate everyone, particularly the welfare ranchers!!!!

    May 9, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    After attending an advocacy meeting in Sacramento, I am not surprised. What a bunch of gobstopers.

    May 9, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    So they will spend $10 million on more “ideas” when they already have the NAS report just sitting in the round file because it told them they were wrong! So spend more until someone comes up with a horrendous “idea” that they like.

    May 9, 2014
  • Marge

    “Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators”is complete bull!

    If the ranchers and the BLM stopped killing the horses and burros natural predators and let nature take it course their would be no problem.

    The horses are better at birth control than us humans!!

    May 9, 2014
  • Shane Destry

    The BLM : ““We are looking for breakthrough methods of controlling population growth rates, which will lessen the need to remove animals from the range while saving taxpayers money.” Here is my suggestion BLM one that won’t cost taxpayers anything – there is no problematic population growth in wild horses such they it requires some chemical form of sterilization or any other ! A phony problem you concocted in order to justify rounding them up requires no phony solution does it ? How is it possible that you don’t think we see this blackmail: “if you don’t want us to round them up (and ship them to slaughter) then let us sterilize them (and guarantee their extinction). ” Oh if that is your agenda, then why are you also planning more roundups anyway or are you simply threatening them to blackmail everyone into the PZP option ? How about no more roundups and no PZP let the wild horses return to their home ranges ! You claimed you rounded them up to control population rates. All the stallions rounded up have been gelded. Mission accomplished ! Let them go ! Or were you lying and that wasn’t really your mission ?

    May 9, 2014
    • Bravo Shane, you really told them !!!!!! They created there own prob;em!!!!!!!Only one way to solve this , and thats return the Mustangs to where they belong , and only help them when needed like the original plan STATES !!!!!!

      May 9, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    BLM doing a drive by in a helicopter with 3 guys looking down & counting the Wild Horses & Burros needs to change your gonna tell me they know if they aren’t counting the same horses. Horses & burros do have predator “Mountain Lions” eat the foals. Division Chief Joan Guil. doesn’t give to hoots what you do with the Horses. Now lets talk about all the illegal acts you BLM/State of Agriculture/Forestry Service/Sally Jewell; Have been caught “Red Handed” doing with the Horses;Wild Horses,Feral,Mustangs,unwanted, whatever you decide to call them Why haven’t you had to answer about that? Why are you still contracted with Kill Buyers? oh yea What happened to sally jewell? she sure is quite since her lawsuit? Why don’t you stop getting our hopes up that you really are going to do something about it? You know as well as i do that the horses you are counting now are the ones in your facilities!! & lets talk about your illegal facilities; I’m adopting a horse wish i could get more but I have certain rules to adopt a horse the corrals stalls for their safety I have been to your facilities those horses burros are being completely abused they have no shelter etc. now the helicopter drivers & cowboys are hitting the animals with the copters cattle pronging the horses in the face! They have no water after you run them into the ground! YOU HAVE FAILED THIS COUNTRY TO SHAME!~ & now you are telling the public that you want our comments well here is mine; the only thing that should get pzp & gelded is YOU~!!!!

    May 10, 2014
  • jrstark

    BLM’s “doubling” numbers are wrong. First they assume all mares get pregnant and give birth. Then they assume all foals grow to adulthood. Wrong on both accounts.

    May 10, 2014