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Wildish Podcast: Why helicopter gathers are so controversial

Episode Four: The risks inherent in the Bureau of Land Management’s ‘most humane’ method of wild horse removal.

Amy Berenbeim/High Country News

From High Country News in collaboration with Alan Wartes Media,

The Bureau of Land Management’s most controversial population control tactics are the helicopter gathers, which sometimes end up killing the horses involved. New legislation has been passed to increase wild horse gathers and offer funding to a new sterilization method for wild horses and burros. Wildish host Anna Coburn attends a helicopter gather in Range Creek, Utah, and speaks to Gus War, a wild horse and burro specialist, and public affairs specialist Lisa Reid, two BLM lead employees, about the gathers, their jobs and their hopes for the program. We also hear from Ginger Kathrens, the founder of the Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy group that is fighting to allow wild horses to stay on the range.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.hcn.org/articles/south-wildish-podcast-why-helicopter-gathers-are-so-controversial

Anna Coburn is a producer and seasonal interpretive ranger at Curecanti National Recreation Area. She is based in Gunnison, Colorado.

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