BLM said today that approximately 1,165 wild horses will be removed from three HMAs in central Nevada, beginning on or about September 10, due to overpopulation.
The operation will be carried out with helicopters, according to the news release, and will be open to public observation. Of the 1,225 horses to be gathered, 60 will be returned to the area, including 30 mares treated with contraceptives.
The HMAs cover 255,463 acres and have a combined AML of 210, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 0.8 animals per thousand acres. Refer to Table 1 in the Final EA for wild horse management actions in the Diamond Complex.
The HMAs intersect nine allotments according to Map 2 in the EA and all of the acreage is subject to permitted livestock grazing. The total estimated forage assigned to cattle and sheep inside the HMAs, based on data from Table 15 in the EA, is 17,950 AUMs per year, compared to 2,520 AUMs per year for the horses.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Palomino Valley.
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