FARMINGTON —The Bureau of Land Management is seeking research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands, according to a press release from the federal agency.

BLM is interested in finding experts who have project proposals aimed at creating new or improving existing techniques and establishing protocols for the contraception or the spaying or neutering of both male and female wild horses and burros.

The request for applications is opened to veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies and other researchers. The proposals should address methods to reduce population growth, lessen the need to remove animals from the range and improve the health of public rangelands.

BLM estimates 40,605 wild horses and burros roam on rangeland in 10 western states managed by the bureau.

The application deadline is May 7. For more information, go to grants.gov.