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The Bureau of Land Management issued the following announcement regarding the proposed helicopter roundup of 200 wild horses living in Oregon's Paisley Desert Herd Management Area. The action is being undertaken as an"emergency" and, therefore, no environmental analysis will be undertaken. The BLM has apparently decided that the costly (to both horses and taxpayers) removal of horses is more feasible than hauling water into the HMA on a temporary basis in order to keep the horses on the range. The BLM states that the horses will be sex segregated and held at the Burns Wild Horse Corrals. "Some" of the captured horses "may" eventually be returned to the range.
BLM PRESS RELEASE:
On August 20, 2012, a BLM Lakeview District staff member and a local permittee discovered that horses in the Paisley Desert Herd Management Area (HMA) had been out of water for a few days. Hauling water to horses at dry waterholes began on August 22, 2012. Access in this area is difficult and the expectation of the loss of resources such as engines and water tenders to fire emergencies, led to the decision to remove horses from the HMA.