BLM said today that approximately 600 excess wild horses would be removed from the Fish Creek HMA in central Nevada beginning September 6, with fifty to be returned.
Mares released back to the HMA will be treated with contraceptives, according to the news release.
The HMA covers 252,771 acres and has an AML of 180, for an aimed-at population density of 0.7 horses per thousand acres. The average density for all HMAs is one animal per thousand acres.
The operation will be open to public observation and captured animals will be taken to the Palomino Valley off-range corrals, twenty miles north of Sparks, NV.
The announcement said the roundup will reduce wild horse overpopulation and prevent rangeland degradation by balancing the herd size, but did not say what’s on the other side of the scales.
The HMA intersects four grazing allotments (see map on page four of the environmental assessment along with section 3.3 beginning on page 66).
The roundup will liberate 6,600 AUMs per year, allowing higher utilization rates by privately owned livestock…on land set aside for the horses. (The action will not increase permitted AUMs on those allotments.)
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