The Bureau of Land Management next week is expected to issue a decision on whether to pursue a long-term plan for reducing wild horse numbers through a variety measures, including helicopter roundups, bait trapping and fertility control treatment, in a herd management area in Rio Blanco County about 50 miles north and east of Grand Junction.
The agency estimates that 838 horses currently live in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area generally in central Rio Blanco County east of Colorado Highway 139 and south of Colorado Highway 64. The BLM has a target management level of 135-235 wild horses there, which it says would maintain a thriving ecological balance and healthy rangelands in keeping with the agency’s multiple-use mission for the area.
Some 400 more wild horses live west of Highway 139 on acreage not designated as a herd management area, where the BLM’s goal is to have no wild
Some Schuylkill County residents are looking forward to the new year with resolutions to be healthier and happier in 2021.
Mary Ann Mullen, New Ringgold, said she always resolves to stay in shape and be healthy.
This year, she added that she hopes to be able to move forward past the pandemic.
“No more COVID and a healthy new year,” Mullen said. “I hope everybody moves on in the new year.”
John Vadyak, Schuylkill Haven, said he is happy 2020 is ending, and he hopes next year will be different.
“I want to be more healthy and to be able to get out and about more,” Vadyak said.
For Lacie Hemerly, Pottsville, this year has been difficult, and has shown her that “life’s too short.”
“Just to live life every day,” Hemerly said of her resolution.
Hemerly said despite the challenges of this year, she is optimistic for the