The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said in a release it will a public hearing on its plan to use helicopters and motor vehicles to monitor and manage wild horses or burros on public lands in Nevada.
Public hearings are required before authorizing the use of aircraft or motor vehicles on federal lands in order to comply with federal law. The meeting, to be held June 27 at in Ely, Nevada, will serve as a chance for the public to learn more about, and offer comments on, the proposed use of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to herd and transport wild horses or burros.
BLM wants to use aircraft and vehicles to estimate population and gain more data on herds roaming Nevada lands. The hearing will serve as a forum on the possibility of using motorized vehicles to move “excess animals” in addition to assisting overall field monitoring.
“The actual number of areas where gathers will be conducted or inventoried will depend on a number of factors including funding,” the release said. “The goal of the Wild Horse and Burro Program is to preserve healthy wild horses and burros on thriving public rangelands.”