BLM announced today that 1,600 wild horses and 200 wild burros will be removed from the Shawave Mountains HMA beginning on or about August 3, due to overpopulation.
The operation will be carried out with helicopters, according to the news release, and will be open to public observation.
The HMA covers 177,202 acres in northwestern Nevada. The AML is 136 wild horses and zero wild burros. The aimed-at stocking rate is 0.8 wild horses per thousand acres.
The HMA is managed with four others as a part of the Blue Wing Complex, per Section 1.1 in the Final EA for wild horse and burro management actions in the area.
The map in Figure 4 indicates the HMA lies within the massive Blue Wing-Seven Troughs allotment. The forage allocated to livestock inside the HMA is not known at this time. The horses allowed by plan require 1,632 AUMs per year with no forage allocated to burros.
The current population was estimated to be 1,722 horses and 160 burros, not including this year’s foal crop. They may have exceeded the authorized resources in the area.
Horses removed from the HMA will be taken to the off-range corrals in Fallon, NV and the burros will be shipped to the off-range corrals in Axtell, UT.
Mares returned to their home range will be treated with contraceptives.
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