BLM said today that approximately 50 wild horses and 25 wild burros will be removed from the Montezuma Peak HMA beginning July 29, due to insufficient water.
The operation will be carried out with bait traps, according to the news release, and will not be open to public observation.
The HMA covers 77,876 acres in southern Nevada. The AML is 4 horses and 10 burros, equivalent to nine horses (4 + 10 ÷ 2). The equivalent stocking rate would be 0.1 wild horses per thousand acres.
The announcement did not say if the HMA was subject to domestic livestock grazing.
The current population is 130 wild horses and 207 wild burros, excluding this year’s foal crop. The equivalent wild horse population would be 130 + 207 ÷ 2 = 234.
A 20% growth rate would put the herd size at 234 × 1.2 = 281, with a forage demand of 281 × 12 = 3,372 AUMs per year. The total authorized forage on the HMA is unknown.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Ridgecrest, CA.
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