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Press Release: BLM Concludes Calico Wild Horse Gather February 05, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 5, 2010


According to the numbers listed in this news release from the BLM, the following conclusions are present:

Wild Horse Population in Calico: 1,922 removed + 600 not gathered + 39 casualties = 2,561 wild horses

 *Calico Gather EA stated:

“The current estimated population of 3,095 wild horses for the Calico Mountains Complex is based on current modeling and confirmed with an aerial census conducted in September 2009. This estimate is based upon survey results projected using historic growth rates for each HMA (20-27%) and include this year’s foal crop.”

And

“The last gather occurred in the winter of 2004-2005 when 2,033 wild horses were gathered, 1,623 removed, and 410 released back to the range. Two hundred and thirty-nine mares were treated with a Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22) vaccine (i.e., fertility control agent) and branded for future identification. Following the gather, an estimated 575 wild horses remained in the HMA which was the low combined range of the AML.”

Per the 2004-2005 Post Gather Population of 575 and the calculated population from the Calico Gather EA of 3,095, the wild horse population increased by 2,520 horses over 5 years, which would calculate to 504 foals per year, or approximately 88% population increase per year.

Per the 2004-2005 Post Gather Population of 575 and the calculated population above of 2,561, the wild horse population increased by 1,986 horses over 5 years, which would calculate to 397.2 foals per year, or approximately 70% population increase per year.

 3,0952,561 = 534 horses more than what the EA was based on for this gather

 Population Increase Differences:                 88%   –  70%   = 18%

 Release Date: 02/05/10               Contacts: Lisa Ross, 775-623-1541, lisa_ross@blm.gov               News Release No. 2010-11

BLM Concludes Calico Wild Horse Gather

Reno, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District has concluded the Calico Mountains Complex gather north of Gerlach, Nev., with 1,922 excess wild horses removed. The gathered horses were transported to the Indian Lakes Road holding facility in Fallon, Nev. where they are being prepared for the BLM’s adoption program or for long-term holding pastures.

Based on aerial reconnaissance by the BLM, an estimated 600 wild horses remain in the Complex, which is within the appropriate management level range of 600 to 900 established for that area. In late spring, the BLM will conduct a comprehensive post-gather inventory of all the herd management areas (HMAs) in the Calico Mountains Complex and the surrounding area.

“The gather went well, despite the weather-related delays we experienced throughout the operation,” said Gene Seidlitz, BLM Winnemucca District Manager. “By reducing the populations now, we can avoid the potential for an emergency gather situation later this summer.”

The BLM will continue to offer the public observation days by appointment only to view the horses that have been transported to the Indian Lakes Road Facility near Fallon. To participate in a guided tour of the Indian Lakes Road Facility, please contact the BLM at 775-861-6586.

Thirty-nine horses have died since the gather began: seven at the gather site and 32 at the facility in Fallon. Most of the deaths were horses that were in extremely poor body condition because of the lack of forage on overpopulated rangelands. These animals either died or were euthanized by the veterinarian on-site at the Fallon facility.

The Calico Mountains Complex encompasses 550,000 acres of public and private land and includes five herd management areas: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, and Warm Springs Canyon.

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4 Responses to “Press Release: BLM Concludes Calico Wild Horse Gather February 05, 2010”

  1. LOUIE COCROFT said

    TRACIE, HOW DO WE FIND OUT ABOUT GRAZING PERMITS–HOW MANY, WHO HOLDS THEM, ETC.? ALSO, THE FEES,AND CORPORATE RANCHES ON PUBLIC LANDS. DOING SOME RESEARCH FOR ONLINE COMMENTS. WHEN ASKED TO PROVE WHAT I WRITE, I NEED A REFERENCE. THANK YOU FOR ANY INFOR YOU CAN DIG UP.

  2. Do you think there is any possibility that there are really 2,561 horses left on this range? Did everyone at the BLM fail math?

    • According to the numbers, 2,561 was the starting population before the gather… There are now only a reported 600 left on the range.
      T.

      • sandra longley said

        according to their figures..stallions must be having foals-since each years population of foals is 50% male/female how could 575 horses-237 females(239 treated with drugs) 2 more than statistics would show…so maybe 10 mares untreated produced how many foals?????thats not even fuzzy math…thats voodo math

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