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Press Release: BLM Schedules Observation Days to View Tuscarora Wild Horse Gather

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 20, 2010

Release Date: 07/20/10
Contacts: Heather Emmons, 775-861-6594,
News Release No. 2010-029

BLM Schedules Observation Days to View Tuscarora Wild Horse Gather

Reno, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District has tentatively scheduled two observation days—Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24—to provide the media and public opportunities to view ongoing BLM gather activities to remove excess wild horses in the Tuscarora gather area in Elko County, about 90 miles northwest of Elko, Nev.

The dates are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. These will be the only two observation days offered for this gather based on gather site location accessibility and private and public landownership.

The BLM will rendezvous with interested members of the public in Midas, Nev. at 7:00 a.m. and caravan to the gather site, which will be a two-hour drive from Midas. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles, appropriate shoes and clothing are recommended. The observation days will last approximately four to five hours, leaving the gather site between 1-2 p.m.

Members of the media/public may call Debbie Collins at (866) 468-7826 to sign up. In an effort to provide a safe environment for the animals, BLM staff, contractors and members of the public/media, requests will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and be limited to 10 people per observation day. Also, daily gather operations could be suspended if bad weather conditions create unsafe flying conditions.

The BLM is planning to remove about 1,137-1,197 wild horses located on the Owyhee, Rock Creek and Little Humboldt Herd Management Areas (HMAs), and including about 425 wild horses located outside the Rock Creek HMA.

The BLM estimates there are about 1,550 wild horses in the gather area and any horses gathered above targeted removal numbers will be released back to the HMAs so that the remaining population is within the appropriate management level range of 337-561. The mares released back to the range would be vaccinated with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine.

The gather, removal and fertility control are intended to slow population growth, maintain population size within the appropriate management levels and extend the time before another gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed. Additionally, adjustment of sex ratios of the gathered animals to be returned to the HMAs may be made to 60 percent male/40 percent female ratios.

Gather operations began on July 10 and are expected to continue through late July. To date, 636 excess wild horses have been gathered and 615 transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev. and Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah. The public may visit the Palomino Valley Center during its regularly scheduled visiting hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. At the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility, the horses will be paired with inmates who will saddle train them and prepare them for adoption.

For more information, photos and updates on the status of the gather please visit the BLM Nevada website at

10 Responses to “Press Release: BLM Schedules Observation Days to View Tuscarora Wild Horse Gather”

  1. Linda said

    So if there’s bad weather and they say the helicopters can’t fly, is the observation off? “Oops, you missed your window of opportunity. Not our fault. Act of God.” Certainly there are things to see and folks to talk with even if the choppers aren’t airborne.

  2. Roxy said

    Ok, so now we know BLMs definition of “soon” is 30 days. So now we need to push for observation days confirmed at least 30 days in advance and not allow this bunkum to happen again.

    And only these 2 days for a month long gather of almost 2000 horses – 2 days at the END of the gather – I predict they will stop the gather on July 22 – but we must insist on still going to the pens.

    I wonder if the Almanac predicts bad weather on July 23 and 24 – I would not put that past BLM for chosing these dates.

    I swear I don’t know how Collins and Emmons can stand to work for this bunch! But they do not get any slack for being women, if that is some BLM ploy – I and just a few other women worked in the mans world of real estate in the 70s, then construction and fire departments from 1982 to last year and we did not get cut any slack, we all got called all the same names, and worse. So buckle up gals.

    • Roxy, have you checked the Almanac lately??? I tried to find mine this evening but I fear that it is buried somewhere in this office never to be seen again LOL! I would seriously be interested in what it says for the past month, this month, and the next month concerning the Owyhee Complex as a whole… I may be “old fashioned” by some standards but I’ve practically lived by a Farmer’s Almanac all of my life and it’s never let me down. I don’t cut my hair until it says so… I don’t plant or cut hay unless it says so… I don’t even schedule veterinary appointments for ANY procedure – especially surgury – unless it says so LOL!

      • Roxy said

        I don’t even have one – but can check tomorrow when I am out. My Grandparents lived by it, and my mother used it occasionally. I’ll give it a try – don’t hold your breath though. I recall the weather part difficult to navigate.

        Just though that maybe it is available now on the internet? I’ll get back to you.

        • Dixie Cameron said

          I just checked the almanac online and area 7, which includes Ca. NV. AZ and Utah calls for “Turning unsettled on the west coast” the 24th-27th.

          • said

            Very interesting!

          • sandra longley said

            I could write an almanac then..everyone here knows when the weather turns hot..mid july..every day has a chance of thunderstorms-and that is desert wide they usually come up in the afternoon tho and that shouldn’t stop gathering-which is an early morning process in the real world

  3. Jane said

    Tracie, do you ever go to gathers?

    • If asked to, yes, but I don’t like to talk about it that much LOL

      • sandra longley said

        Yeah, its one thing to eat chicken for dinner..another to know it was YOUR pet chicken..I think the reality of it turns people inside out..unless of curse you like to disect frogs in your spare time…It is easier to think of it in the abstract-but for some its just another day at work..

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