BLM Photo Courtesy of Colin E. Braley
From November 22 to December 4, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rounded up through helicopter stampedes 668 horses in the Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming's checkerboard area.
586 wild horses were permanently removed from their homes on the range in Wyoming. This roundup was conducted specifically to appease the ranchers of the the Rock Springs Grazing Association, who enjoy taxpayer-subsidized grazing on the public lands where the wild horses live.
Three horses were killed: A grey yearling mare that had a injury of the right front leg and hoof, a sorrel filly two-month-old stepped on at trap site causing broken left hind leg, and a two-year-old grey mare with a right hind leg and hoof deformity
Only 79 horses were returned to the range after all mares were treated with the PZP fertility vaccine. All horses were shipped to the Rock Springs Wild Horse Facility where most will live out their lives in corrals.
Pictured below are photos from Carol Walker of the horses captured, at their new home the day before snow and after in frigid conditions.
Photos From the Roundup: Rachel Reeves Photography