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Project #63882
Key Info:
Sponsor:
DOI/Bureau of Land Management
Title of Action:
Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area Population Control
Federal ID:
DOI-BLM-UT-W010-2017-0009
Project URL Link:
https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/projectSummary.do?methodName=renderDefaultProjectSummary&projectId=90785
Project Start Date:
Location:
Townships 6-11 South and Ranges 5-9 West, various sections, Salt Lake Meridian
Location/Supplemental Attachment:

Scoping Report Onaqui Mountain Gather.pdf
EA Onaqui Mountain Gather.pdf
Counties:
Juab, Tooele
Has local government been contacted?
No
Date Local Government was Contacted:
N/A
Acquisition:
No
Date of Acquisition:
N/A
Have the state representative and state senator been contacted?
No


Project abstract: The Bureau of Land Management s (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is proposing to control the population of wild horses from the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) and adjacent areas by gathering and removing excess wild horses to achieve the low end of the Appropriate Management Level (AML). The current population of wild horses on the Onaqui HMA is estimated at 450 animals (not including foals born in 2017), while the AML is set at 121-210 horses. The BLM estimates that over 325 wild horses would need be removed from the Onaqui HMA to achieve a low AML. The proposed gather activities, which could include helicopter and/or bait and water trapping, could begin in the summer of 2018 and extend for multiple years, based on funding. The proposed population control comes in response to several issues currently occurring in the HMA. This includes, but is not limited to, actions to comply with the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment (ARMPA), emergency stabilization and restoration of lands affected by wildfires, and resource impacts due to over-population of wild horses. The greater sage-grouse population in this area (the Sheeprocks population) has substantially declined over the last decade and the BLM must take action consistent with the ARMPA s management direction.
How is the local government(s) likely to be impacted? NA
Possible significant impacts likely to occur: NA
Consistency Review No Consistency Review Document
Record of Decision No Record of Decision Document
State Comments No State Comments


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