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BLM completes emergency gather of 279 wild horses; some to go up for adoption

Wild horses whose range burned in the Soda Fire are gathered up in an emergency gather by the U.S. BLM (BLM photo)
Wild horses whose range burned in the Soda Fire are gathered up in an emergency gather by the U.S. BLM (BLM photo)

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management reports that it completed its emergency gather of wild horses after the Soda Fire on Friday, and a total of 279 horses were gathered. Nearly 200 visitors watched during afternoon viewing hours, as the horses were brought to the BLM’s Boise Wild Horse Corrals, where most will be fed and cared for through the winter, then released back to the wild when the range has recovered from the fire. Some were treated for mild to moderate burn injuries, reports equine veterinarian Robert Washington. 

Horses that aren’t returned to the range will go into adoption programs. “Gather operations were safe and successful and the horses are settling in and adjusting to hay well at the Corrals,” said Chris Robbins, who heads the Idaho wild horse and burro program for BLM. “We anticipate an upcoming adoption event for a portion of these horses sometime this fall.” There’s more info here.



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Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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