BLM announced yesterday that 1,250 wild horses would be removed from the Antelope and Antelope Valley HMAs in eastern Nevada, starting on 08/05/19. The operation will require 60 days and will not be open to public observation, according to the new release.
The gather will be carried out with bait traps and will prevent further degradation of public lands by balancing herd size with what the land can support [after deducting a nominal amount—at least 60%—for privately owned livestock].
Captured animals will be taken to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corrals in Fallon.
The size and AML of Antelope are 399,761 acres and 324 horses, respectively, for an aimed-at population density of 0.8 animals per thousand acres. The size and AML of Antelope Valley are 502,909 acres and 259 horses, for an aimed-at density of 0.5 animals per thousand acres.
The target density for all HMAs is one animal per thousand acres.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
The roundup will include horses from the Antelope HMA that are in a pilot program, led by a ‘wild horse advocate,’ involving the GonaCon-Equine pesticide.
Sorry, but on-range management of free-roaming horses with this or any other fertility control drug DOES NOT QUALIFY as wild horse advocacy. The practice aligns nicely with the anti-horse agenda, putting its adherents in the same camp as the ranchers.