The HMA covers 283,775 acres in northwest Nevada and has AML of 217. The stocking rate allowed by plan is 0.8 wild horses per thousand acres.
The operation, to be carried out with bait traps, will not be open to public observation.
The HMA intersects six grazing allotments according to an environmental assessment from 2012, with all of its acreage subject to permitted grazing (Table 3.3). Table 3.7 in the EA shows 10,151 AUMs per year assigned to livestock inside the HMA (79.6%), with 2,604 AUMs per year available to the horses (20.4%).
The announcement did not indicate if any of the captured animals would be returned to their home range. Those removed will be taken to the Indian Lakes corrals in Fallon.
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