Didn’t see any Virginia Range mustangs yesterday while working on the watering station so this will have to do. H/T Dr. Jennifer Jewel.
Stock tanks were empty when checked on 11/16/18. A mustang probably bumped the handle on the yard hydrant, snapping it shut. Trailcam photos suggest it happened between 11/02/18 and 11/04/18. No human interference was observed. A small wood block was placed under the handle to keep it open. Tanks were bleached and refilled.
Virginia Range mustangs enjoy some down time (literally) at the watering station.
Captured animals will be taken to the Indian Lakes off-range corrals in Fallon, NV, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for adoption. Given that the system has been flooded with 12,000 wild horses and burros removed from western rangelands in 2018, most will end up in segregated long-term holding. No family, no foals, no legacy.
The HMA covers 575,460 acres and has an AML of 128, for an aimed-at population density of 0.22 horses per thousand acres, almost nothing. The post-gather population will be 244 horses, according to the announcement. The HMA is in eastern Nevada.
The stated reason for the roundup is overpopulation. The real reason may forage losses.
This map, which appears at the BLM page for livestock grazing in Nevada, indicates the HMA is subject to several grazing allotments.
Three hundred wild horses were pushed off the Eagle HMA, immediately east of Silver King, in September. Perhaps this roundup will finish the job and clear the way for more livestock in 2019?
Anything for the public-lands ranchers.™
UPDATE: Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.