BLM Starts Emergency Gather at Nevada Wild Horse Range

Bait traps will be used to remove approximately 800 wild horses from the Nevada Wild Horse Range, according to a BLM news release posted this morning.  Helicopters will not be used.

Insufficient water was cited as the reason for the roundup, which begins today or tomorrow.  Gather operations will not be open to the public.


The HMA covers 1,301,637 acres and has an AML of 500, for a target population density of 0.38 animals per thousand acres.  It is the largest HMA in the Nevada, perhaps in the nation, but is part of Nellis Air Force Base and therefore has no public access.

The Nevada Wild Horse Range is one of three areas in the western U.S. managed primarily for wild horses.  Livestock grazing does not occur there.

Captured animals will be taken to the Palomino Valley Holding Corrals north of Reno, NV and Ridgecrest Holding Corrals in Ridgecrest, CA, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption.  On the bright side, this will be the first time these horses have been seen by the public, due to the security requirements of their home range.

Gather stats and day-to-day reports can be found at this page.

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