The chart below shows the population target for HMAs in Nevada as a function of HMA size.
Inspection of the chart yields three conclusions:
- Most of the HMAs are smaller than 200,000 acres in size
- Most of the AMLs are less than 500 animals
- AML varies with size but not linearly
Regarding that last point, HMAs with a size of 100,000 acres have an average AML of about 150 animals. If AML varied linearly with size, an HMA of 500,000 acres would have a population target of roughly 750 animals, which is not the case. Larger HMAs have a disproportionally low population target.
The Virginia Range, in the western part of the state, has been included for comparison (actual population, not a target, mostly private land). It does appear to be an outlier compared to the HMAs, with a disproportionally high number of animals for it’s size.
And no, the VR horses are not standing around on dry lots starving to death, as you can see in this video from 2016.