Pryor Mountain Management Proposal


Below is the letter I received as an “Interested Party”


In Reply Refer To: 4700 (MTC01)

Dear Interested Party:

United States Department of the Interior

5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101


The Billings Field Office is initiating public scoping and encouraging input on a Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The planning area includes public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service which comprise the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

Implementation of a Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) or a Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) is consistent with the authority provided in 43 CFR 4700 and the 1971 Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA). The JMAP is needed to manage wild horses within the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area to maintain the wild horse herd as a self-sustaining population of healthy animals in balance with other uses and the productive capacity of their habitat and attain the objectives outlined in the Billings Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan.

The Billings Field Office will begin accepting public scoping comments regarding long and short-term management objectives for an updated Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) through the ePlanning website at . Public comments will be considered in the development of an Environmental Assessment that will be prepared to analyze and recommend a decision regarding long and short-term management actions for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range

Substantive comments and recommendations should focus on long and short-term herd and habitat management objectives and goals. Please refer to the Preliminary Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area Plan on the ePlanning website at for the preliminary plan. Examples of substantive input includes comments regarding:

  • Population control, method and techniques, sex ratios and growth rates.
  • Removal criteria such as characteristics and age structure.
  • Achieving appropriate management levels for the attainment of a thriving natural

    ecological balance.

  • Maintenance of existing developments.
  • Healthy populations of wild horses including her characteristics and age structure.


Electronic comments may only be submitted via e-Planning however, if you prefer to submit hard copy comments you can mail to:

Preliminary Pryor Mountain Joint Management Area Plan can be found at: BLM e-Planning website –
Click “Text Search”

Click “Advanced Search” in the NEPA #: Type DOI-BLM-MT-C010-0004-EA

Click “Search”
Click “Documents”
Click “Comment on Document”

Mail: Billings Field Office 5001 Southgate Drive

Billings, MT 59101-4669

The BLM will consider any substantive comments and include as appropriate. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments must be submitted no later than close of business on Friday, May 15, 2020 in order to be considered. If you have questions, please contact Jerrie Bertola at (406) 896-5223.


David Lefevre
Field Manager Billings Field Office


Here is a link that will take you to the proposal details.  Click on BLM

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my email:

All comments must be submitted by May 15, 2020.  You can submit on line or via mail.

When commenting, please remain courteous and try to back up your comments with educated reasons.

Thank you,


Hamlet and Seattle, July 2013


One thought on “Pryor Mountain Management Proposal

  • Thank you for the link , i am not informed enough or confident enough for that matter to provide a good commentary, but i have some bullet points that can be useful
    1.Give a second chance to those mares from age 10- 15 that haven’t an offspring yet or had them removed for example Gaelic Princess, Heritage , Hailstorm, that way younger stallions get the chance along with those mares and i suppose its cost effective since there will be fewer mares needed to be darted
    2. Protect cougars and bears who are the main horse’s predators, mainly a better management so their number will increase and at the same time there will be no conflict with neighboring farmers
    3.If /when a removal happens be objective and firm, colouring can’t outway rare underpresedented bloodlines,the biggest example i can think is Pride , who if people see him again in a removals list they will riot
    4.About the sex ratio of the herd , i don’t think there is an easy anwer since many colts come from rare bloodlines so its hard to controle the ratio by simpling removing more colts
    Those are my thouhgts but again i don’t feel confident enough in my writing skills to present a useful comment in this situation, but i hope i have been of any help to anyone that will read here and decide to comment

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