Potential damage to range prompts wild horse round up

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
VALE – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to round up wild horses from two herds in Malheur County later this month.
Wild horses from Cold Springs and Hog Creek herd management areas will be part of the helicopter gathering set to begin Jan. 22.
The Cold Springs herd of about 175 horses is about 45 miles southwest of Vale.
The Hog Creek herd of about 60 horses is 20 miles south of Vale and five miles west of Harper.
The roundup is necessary because the two herds have grown too large for their range.
“Horse herds are managed according to an appropriate management level. We look at the range that they occupy and the impact they have on that range and establish a figure where the horse level does not damage the ecosystem,” said Larisa Bogardus, public affairs officer for the . . .