Wild horses have occupied the Onaqul Mountains since the late 1800s. Most of the horses are descendants of horses that escaped from local ranches. This is also the route taken by the Pony Express riders around Simpson Springs. The vast, open terrain of Tooele County has been home to wild horses for generations. Their power and majesty can be observed while venturing into the county’s outback around the Onaqui and Cedar Mountain Herd Management Areas. The Bureau of Land Management created the Wild Horse and Burro Program to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed by Congress in 1971. Broadly, the law declares wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” and stipulates that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service have the responsibility to manage and protect herds in their respective jurisdictions within areas where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971.
Did you know? The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) advocates for more effective use of PZP on the Onaqui wild horses as an alternative to the roundup and removal of these beloved mustangs. The long-range goal is to achieve a balance between natural mortality and reproduction rates in order to eliminate the need for removals, so that every wild horse born in the Onaqui Mountains can live free and die wild in their homes on the range.
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