Federal agency plans to trap, relocate 25 wild horses

In this June 29, 2018 photo, wild horses occupy a watering hole outside Salt Lake City.

CRAIG |  A government land agency has announced plans to remove about 25 wild horses from private land in northwestern Colorado using a bait and trap technique.

Craig Daily News reported Thursday that removing wild horses from private land is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act.

The horses wondered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of the protected Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area where more than 600 wild horses are estimated to live, officials said.

Agency specialists are expected to select locations to use hay and water to attract the horses to specific areas until captured, officials said.

The horses would be relocated to an agency facility in Rock Springs and made available for adoption or sale, agency officials said.