The BLM will capture 383 wild horses, remove 353 and treat up to 30 mares with GonaCon Equine before returning them to the HMA, starting on or about July 1.
Helicopters will push them into the traps and the incident will be open to public observation, according to today’s news release.
The HMA covers 131,861 total acres and the 314 horses allowed by plan require 3,768 AUMs per year. The stocking rate allowed by plan is 2.4 wild horses per thousand acres, larger than the target rate of one wild horse per thousand acres across all HMAs.
The current population is thought to be 541.
The HMA lies within the Buffalo Hills Allotment, as shown in the Western Watersheds map, and coincides roughly with the Buffalo Hills pasture, per Table 5 in the Final EA for resource enforcement actions in the Smoke Creek Complex.
Captured animals will be taken to the Indian Lakes off-range corrals in Fallon.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
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