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The Bureau of Land Management has completed a wild horse gather along State Road 21 in western Millard and Beaver counties.
Wranglers were able to capture 103 horses from the Sulphur Herd Management Area using a helicopter to herd the animals into holding corrals. The animals were then moved to the Delta Wild Horse Facility and will be available for adoption through the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
Two wild horses died during the roundup; a 10-year-old stud of chronic heart failure and an 11-year-old mare injured by impact with corral panels. BLM officials also turned over two domestic horses captured in the three-day roundup last week to the Utah brand inspector.
Thirty horses were captured in the same area last August; all but six have been adopted, according to the BLM.
Three horses found dead along SR 21 last winter are suspected of dying as a result of being hit by vehicles. BLM officials say there are "excess numbers" of horses in the area and they tend to congregate along the highway, posing a safety concern.
An estimated 830 horses were on the Sulphur Herd Management Area before the roundup last week. The federal agency is in the process of completing an environmental analysis on a proposal to reduce the herd size to somewhere between 165 and 250 horses.
A request for an injunction to halt the roundup, filed by Friends of Animals and Protect Mustangs, was denied by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups on Jan. 24, the day it was filed and the day before the roundup began.