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The Bureau of Land Management released 26 wild horses into the wild last week. They were the survivors of the Soda Fire of 2015 and on Monday's Idaho Matters we talk with Heather Tiel-Johnson, spokeswoman for Idaho's Wild Horse and Burro program.

  • BLM releases wild Soda Fire horses.
  • Department of Agriculture monitoring invasive species.
  • Exploring Glacier National Park.

In another shuffle of department leadership, the Bureau of Land Management has a new Deputy Director of Operations. The agency, along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, still await Senate-confirmed directors. 

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The Bureau of Land Management has launched a new website meant to make wild horse adoption easier. It has several streamlined search functions, allowing you to select the price range, age, gender and even location of wild horses currently waiting to be adopted.


From the moment we first laid eyes on them, Americans have been captivated by mustangs — with their strength, their determination and their wild nature. They have been featured in countless Western paperbacks, movies and songs through the years, and we’ve named war planes and muscle cars after them.


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Following Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke's repeated calls for more management of public lands, this spring the Bureau of Land Management is giving certain ranchers more say and options in grazing their cattle on public lands.

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In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he wanted to create 13 distinct regions of the country, with the intention of decentralizing the D.C.-based agency.

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The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is kicking off its 25th anniversary Thursday. The area protects raptors and other species near Boise.

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The Bureau of Land Management will cancel a plan to round up more than 100 wild horses near Challis after a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group. 

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The federal government case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy came to a screeching halt Wednesday. The federal judge trying the case declared a mistrial.

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Friday, the BLM will begin to close several recreation areas in the Wood River Valley to motorized vehicles. The goal is to reduce the stress put on big game animals.

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In May, several wild horses at the Boise BLM corral began showing signs of a bacterial infection. The highly contagious equine disease prompted officials to close the facility until the horses got better.


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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho, according to a recent ruling from a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Friday the BLM failed to analyze consequences of the action and ordered the agency to reconsider its decision.

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With wildfires burning throughout southern Idaho and smoke from fires in neighboring states polluting the air, fire restrictions are beginning across much of the state this week.


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President Donald Trump’s budget request, released this week, includes a provision changing how the Bureau of Land Management manages wild mustangs in the West.

Both the BLM and its detractors agree there are too many wild horses on the landscape. Erin Curtis is the Deputy State Director of Communications for BLM Idaho.

“We cannot keep up with what’s happening out on the range and overpopulation,” says Curtis.

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