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Feds plan wild horse sanctuary in southwestern Idaho

File photo.

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A 150-square-mile area in southwestern Idaho will serve as a public lands sanctuary for non-reproducing wild horses from around the West that have nowhere else to go.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the release of its approved Resource Management Plan for the Jarbidge Field Office on Sept. 14.

BLM Project Manager Heidi Whitlach said the wild horse herd in the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area would be sterilized and kept between 50 and 200 horses. The herd will be replenished with wild horses from Idaho and other states.

The 72-page plan guides management of several resources including wild horses, cattle grazing, recreation, and sage grouse habitat on the 2,200-square-mile Jarbidge Field Office. The area contains desert canyons and remote rangelands.

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