BLM said today that 135 wild horses will be removed from the Fish Creek HMA, starting next week, due to overpopulation. The current herd size is at 1.4X AML according to the news release, which was dated November 6 but published a few hours ago.
The operation, to be carried out with helicopters, will be open to public observation.
The gather target is 195, including 60 horses to be returned to their home range. Mares in that group will be treated with PZP-22.
The HMA covers approximately 250,000 acres in central Nevada and has an AML of 180, for a stocking rate of 0.7 horses per thousand acres. It’s known for curly horses.
The HMA intersects four grazing allotments. The management plan assigns twice as much forage to livestock as it does to horses.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Bruneau, ID.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
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