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BLM Press Release: Windy Conditions Disrupt Daily Gather Operations, July 28, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 28, 2010

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BLM Nevada News
NEVADA STATE OFFICE No. 2010-036                                        
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Contact:  Heather Emmons, (775) 861-6594,
                   JoLynn Worley, (775) 861-6515,

Windy Conditions Disrupt Daily Gather Operations

Reno, Nev. — High winds today temporarily halted gather operations in the Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) to gather excess wild horses in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area, which is approximately five miles outside the Rock Creek HMA.  
Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractor gathered 78 excess wild horses, including 30 studs, 34 mares and 14 foals in this area, where about 50 -70 additional excess wild horses have been sighted.
Yesterday’s gather went well with no incidents or injuries.  An 18-year-old mare with an older pre-existing fractured knee and upper leg injury was humanely euthanized.  
Morning temperatures were cool and heat was not an issue. The contractor ended operations after the animals were gathered.
A second group of approximately 285 excess wild horses has been sighted in the Rock Creek drainage area, which is about three miles outside the HMA.  All these animals moved out of the HMA after a wildland fire in 2006.  
Cumulatively between the two groups of excess wild horses, the BLM needs to gather about 350 excess wild horses.  They are causing considerable impacts to rangeland resources on public and adjacent private lands, as well as impacting habitat for the Lahontan cutthroat trout.  
After adjusting the sex ratio of 60 percent studs and 40 percent mares, the BLM released 38 studs back into the Rock Creek HMA at 9 a.m. today.  The BLM also applied fertility control on 41 Rock Creek mares, which were released back into the HMA at 1 p.m.  One mare, determined too old to apply fertility control, was returned back into the HMA with the treated mares.
The BLM shipped 30 studs to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, and 23 mares and 16 foals to the Palomino Valley Center near Sparks, Nev. Today.  After the animals have been wormed, vaccinated, and freeze marked, and gelded (all 12 month and older studs), they will be made available for adoption to qualified applicants through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Wild Horse or Burro Program.  The public may visit the BLM’s website at for more information about adopting a wild horse or burro.
The Tuscarora gather area encompasses the Owyhee, Rock Creek, and Little Humboldt HMAs.  The BLM concluded an emergency rescue gather operation in the Owyhee HMA on Tuesday, July 20.  The BLM completed gather operations in the Little Humboldt HMA after conducting fertility control on the mares, adjusting sex ratio, and releasing the mares and studs back into the HMA on Sunday, July 25.  The BLM anticipates it could conclude gather operations in the Rock Creek HMA by the weekend.  
As more information becomes available it will be posted at the website:  For further comments and questions, the public may call 1-866-468-7826.


14 Responses to “BLM Press Release: Windy Conditions Disrupt Daily Gather Operations, July 28, 2010”

  1. sandra longley said

    7500 lightning strikes here yesterday..shuuurrre would like to see that ole helicopter light up like a christmas tree..give that ole hefer something to bawl about

    • sandra longley said

      Thank you to whom ever made the call to turn the old mare back out..could we please see more of that..that 25 year old granddaddy that was blind in one eye, and survived the gather that 4yr olds did not, would have made her a nice companion. You could turn my bad attitude around with more of that

  2. Roxy said

    I’m sure Collins will blame advocates for this too!

  3. Nooooooo! Baaaaaad! LOL!!!
    Hey ~ by the way LOL ~ check your freakin’ Facebook inbox!

  4. Roxy said

    FYI – Press release from Collins on R.T.s site says delay is due to need for flyovers.

    • It’s crazy that you said this LOL… a few of us were just talking about this on Facebook. The right hand of the BLM doesn’t know what the right elbow is saying much less what the left hand is saying! I get the press releases in emails as a media contact so I just copy and paste over to TMP. I don’t change any of the wording or titles simply because I don’t want it to ever be said that I ‘miscontrued’ their miscontrued info LOL!

    • sandra longley said

      DEBBIE has been eating mushrooms and is delusional..she had better put her big girl pants on if she is going to lecture us…

  5. betty said

    I agree with Sandra. Let the old foks go home!! They may die in the wild but it will be a death as they lived wild and with their (fractured) families. nd more of that kind of compassionate common sense will help me have a better opinion of the BLM too.

  6. Deb Bennett said

    I just wonder about the 18 yr. old mare with the “pre-existing” fractured knee and upper leg injury that was euthanized. If they found these horses 5 miles outside the Rock Creek HMA, (according to the gather updates) then does that mean they chased that mare for at least 5 miles to the capture pens? THEN they noticed her “pre-existing” injury?

  7. Reveil said

    This is the best news in a very long time: HR 305, the HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT OF 2009, PASSED by a voice vote out of committee!
    No person may transport, or cause to be transported, a horse from a place in a State,
    the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States through or to a place in another State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

  8. sandra longley said

    Need proof, that cattle were grazing on the Owyhee? Here it is provided by BLM to this news station in Reno, and would that be sues rearend in the movie?

  9. sandra longley said

    BLM – You might need to add even more people to your damage control dept..I am working on getting one of the GREATEST legal minds in the country involved in this-he has star power and media power and will sweep america off its feet with this story..LOL..just the sort of seedy, sorted,anti american case he would take on..I can probably take a break now…

  10. sandra longley said

    gotta little screenplay, made for a TV movie, i need to shop around hollywood for a buyer..Has all the things Hollywood loves..a Heroine fighting big corrupt government from the frount seat of her car, camera in one hand, laptop in the other…doing what ALL America dreams of..catching their government red handed, in lies corruption, deception, collusion, perjury, murder and coverups..I see Mel the part of BLM..and sandra Bulluck, the heroine..Who do you think America wants to see win? The wild horses, the girl-or the black hearted villians…no brainer

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