Tom Smart, Deseret News
FILE - Wild horses in are pictured near Simpson Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. The Bureau of Land Management will begin removing excess wild horses from areas within and outside the Bible Springs Complex in Iron and Beaver counties beginning Tuesday Jan. 30.

CEDAR CITY — The Bureau of Land Management will begin removing excess wild horses from areas within and outside the Bible Springs Complex in Iron and Beaver counties beginning Tuesday Jan. 30.

The Bible Springs Complex encompasses the Blawn Wash, Four Mile, Bible Springs, and Tilly Creek herd management areas. The current wild horse population estimate in the Bible Springs Complex is approximately 711 animals, and the BLM plans to gather and remove 350 wild horses from state, private and BLM-managed lands. Animals removed from the range will be available for adoption through BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in contracted off-range corrals and pastures.

The public is welcome to operations through BLM escorted tours — provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized — and operations are not disrupted. Observers must provide their own transportation, water and food. No public restrooms will be available.

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The BLM recommends weather appropriate footwear and neutral-colored clothing. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended. Those interested in participating should meet at the Maverik Adventure’s First Stop, 220 N. Airport Road in Cedar City, where tours will depart at 5:30 a.m. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline at 801-539-4050.

Horses that are gathered are tentatively scheduled to be shipped to the Delta Wild Horse Facility and Axtell Off-Range Contract Facility. The Delta facility will be closed Jan. 29 through Feb. 20 to allow the horses to settle before being prepped for adoption. The Axtell facility is a contract facility that is privately owned and closed to the public.