Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
FILE - A wild horse roams in the Cedar Mountain range on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The BLM’s Fillmore field office will begin gathering wild horses Tuesday in support of a research study in the Conger Herd Management Area west of Delta.

FILLMORE — The BLM’s Fillmore field office will begin gathering wild horses Tuesday in support of a research study in the Conger Herd Management Area west of Delta.

“This gather is in year two of a research study that is being conducted on wild horse behavior and ecology, Trent Staheli, the BLM’s West Desert District wild horse specialist, said in a statement. “It will examine the behavioral effects of gelding, population dynamics, fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements, and habitat range, among other things.”

Research is being conducted at the scale of both the individual and population levels.

The public is welcome to observe daily operations through BLM-escorted tours provided that the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and that operations are not disrupted.

Observers must provide their own transportation, water and food. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.

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Those interested in participating should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station at the junction of U.S. 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada state line, 88.6 miles west of Delta, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. Adjustments to this schedule and specific details will be recorded daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801-539-4050.

All horses gathered will be shipped to the Delta Wild Horse Facility, which will be closed starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 to allow the researchers to study the horses before being returned to the range.