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Brace yourselves… Paymaster/Montezuma HMA ROD Issued…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 30, 2010

BLM Nevada News
CONTACT:  Schirete Zick, (775) 635-4067,

BLM Signs Final Decision Record for Paymaster and Montezuma Peak Wild Horse and Burro Gather

Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, has issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Paymaster/Montezuma Peak Wild Horse and Burro Gather. The decision is for the BLM to gather and remove excess wild horses so that about 23 wild horses remain in the Paymaster Herd Management Area (HMA) and 3 wild horses and 10 burros will remain in the Montezuma Peak HMA.  The Paymaster HMA is located approximately 7 miles west of Tonopah, and the Montezuma Peak HMA is located about 26 miles south of Tonopah in Esmeralda County, Nevada.  The gather is tentatively scheduled to begin during the first week  of September 2010.

The gather is needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) in order to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse population, wildlife and vegetation.  The BLM issued its Final Multiple Use Decisions between 1999 and 2007, establishing the AML at 38 horses for the Paymaster HMA and 3 horses and 10 burros for the Montezuma Peak HMA.  The AMLs were set conservatively because of the lack of suitable habitat reflected by poor forage and water availability. Currently horses and burros are moving off the HMAs in search of food and water.

The gather will prevent emergency conditions resulting from overpopulation of wild horses and burros in this arid environment. The current wild horse population for the HMA is approximately 68 wild horses in the Paymaster HMA, and 81 wild horses and 71 burros in the Montezuma Peak HMA.

The BLM will use helicopters to gather the wild horses and burros and will transport the animals by motorized vehicles. The use of helicopters, which is authorized by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, has proven to be the safest and most practical means for gathering excess wild horses.

Wild horses and burros removed from the range will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for, and will retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 law. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughter.

The gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Paymaster/Montezuma Peak Final Gather Plan EA. The EA, Decision Record, associated documents, maps and other information about the Paymaster and Montezuma Peak HMAs are posted on the BLM Battle Mountain website at  The BLM also will provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.  For more information, please call the Tonopah Field Office Manager Tom Seley, 775-482-7800.

Schirete Zick
Public Affairs Officer
BLM Battle Mountain District


7 Responses to “Brace yourselves… Paymaster/Montezuma HMA ROD Issued…”

  1. Jan said

    every time i read of another roundup i get sick – now the blm is pulling two more

  2. sandra longley said

    LMAO, whatcha gonna do when congress refuses to give you money this fall? And you KNOW that is what is going to getting funding a month before the elections to further squander tax payers hard earned dollars…just ain’t agonna happen.

  3. Roxy said

    23 horses in and AML – how are they to be viable?

    And a 3 horse AML for Montezuma Peak – are you kidding me??????

    BLM – there are not words even in the dictionary to describe you – but you are most certainly evil to the core.

    How many cattle on this land this year, next year, the year after that?

    • That was my first question as well… Really??? 3 horses??? What? Are there only 30 acres here? Or even 300 or 3,000??? Whichever it is that this particular HMA’s acreage will take to feed 3 freakin’ horses! Are you seriously saying that there will only be 3 horses on this HMA due to an AML of only 3 horses???

  4. Morgan Griffith said

    I don’t even need to read them anymore. I just scan for the numbers and fill in the usual suspects of no forage, no water, appropriate AML, moving out of HMA yada, yada, yada. I feel like those commercials where the images are thrown out really fast only this is raid dates and horses running for their lives (or to their deaths) flashing by clip after clip. I think we could plop them all down in the middle of a bayou and they would still say the same darn thing. 3 horses? That sound you hear is me knocking my head into the wall. Well I’ve got some research work to do this weekend to gather more info to add to the database of skewed blm info.

  5. SHARI WELSH said

    Another illegal herd wipe out – Dr. Gus Cothran says 150- 200 minimun herd size .

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