BLM said yesterday that 100 wild horses and 175 wild burros would be removed from the HMAs starting on or about October 7. The burros were found in the Buffalo Hills HMA, which is not managed for them (no AML). The roundup will remove all of them.
The gather will be carried out with helicopters and will be open to public observation.
The Buffalo Hills HMA covers 131,861 acres in northwestern Nevada and has an AML of 314, for an aimed-at population density of 2.4 animals per thousand acres.
The Granite Range HMA, a few miles east of Buffalo Hills, covers 103,804 acres and has an AML of 258, for an aimed-at population density of 2.5 animals per thousand acres.
The aimed-at population density across all HMAs is one animal per thousand acres.
Captured animals will be taken to the Litchfield Off-Range Corrals.
The Buffalo Hills HMA intersects one grazing allotment, according to Section 3.9 of the Final Environmental Assessment for the roundup (see page 48).
The same allotment intersects Granite Range but the full extent of livestock grazing on that HMA cannot be determined from the documents provided with the news release.
Livestock grazing in the area has been reduced slightly in recent years, with authorized AUMs running at approximately 90% of permitted AUMs.
Removal of wild horses and burros does not increase the permitted AUMs but can lead to relaxation of the curtailments.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page when the operation begins.