February 2, 2017
The BLM has announced that it will begin to capture wild mares in Wyoming this month for the purpose of affixing radio collars around their necks to study their movement in the Adobe Town HMA.
This research was originally planned for the Red Desert Complex but was relocated to the Adobe Town HMA for political purposes. The BLM wants to show that wild horses in this area wander between the public lands blocks and checkerboard lands in the HMA. The goal is to lay the groundwork for zeroing out (eliminating all wild horses from) this HMA, which is home to one of Wyoming's most important and popular wild horse herds.
Further complicating the issue is the underlying bias of the University of Wyoming researchers conducting the study. They have reached conclusions about wild horses" "disproportionate use" of riparian resources and "displacement of ungulates" from water holes before the research has even begun!