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BLM seeks bids for new short-term holding facilities for wild horses and burros

In a May 7, 2014 announcement by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency is seeking bids for new and additional short-term holding facilities for wild horses and burros that have been rounded up from public rangelands. These horses have been accumulated from 17 Midwestern and Western states where the horses were removed from overpopulated herds.

Horses seek homes during BLM auction
Horses seek homes during BLM auction
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Three horses at a BLM auction in a holding pen
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The 17 states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Another bidding invitation will follow for Eastern states.

Bidding requirements for BLM solicitation L14PS00389 are available at www.fedconnect.net. You can follow these steps to obtain a copy of BLM’s solicitation:

  • Click: Search Public Opportuities
  • Select: Reference Number under Search Criteria
  • Type solicitation number: L14PS00389
  • Click: Search to bring up the information

The form describes what you must submit and to where you will send it. In order to be considered for a contract award, you must become registered at www.ccr.gov.

BLM is seeking short-term corral, pasture and holding facilities as follows:

  • Accommodate a minimum of 200 wild horses and (or) burros
  • Have safe, humane conditions and fencing
  • Be readily accessible from a major U.S. interstate or highway
  • Provide humane care for at least a one-year time period
  • Have renewal option for 4 one-year extensions
  • Maintain horses and burros until they are adopted or until they are transported to long-term pastures

Applicants have until June 2, 2014 at which time bidding is closed.

The Bureau of Land Management has been authorized to manage and protect wild animals by the authority of the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. It must maintain population levels that are in balance with public rangeland, resources and uses.

According to BLM, excess animals have to be removed periodically from rangelands in order to control herd sizes. Only by maintaining populations in this way can herds remain healthy and thrive. Wild horses have no predators and double their populations nearly every four years.

BLM states that free-roaming horses number around 40,605 as of February 2013. This number is in excess of proper management levels by around 14,000 animals. At present, BLM has 48,000 wild horses and burros under care in short or long-term pastures.

In BLM’s release by Tom Gorey on May 7, 2014, he states:

All these animals, whether on or off the range, are protected by the BLM under the 1971 law.

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