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Moriah HMA Wild Horse Gather Rescheduled by BLM…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 6, 2010


BLM Reschedules Moriah Herd Area Gather
Ely, Nev. โ€“ The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office is moving the planned-for starting date for the Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather to late August to coordinate airspace use with the military.ย  The gather was scheduled to begin Aug. 10.
The BLM will gather and remove approximately 72 excess wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area (HA), located about 48 miles northeast of Ely.ย  The gathered animals will be transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.ย  Unadopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their โ€œwildโ€ status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.ย  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.ย  Through the planning process, a decision was made to remove all wild horses and change the management classification from Herd Management Area (HMA) status to Herd Area status on12 HMAs.ย  This was due to insufficient habitat resources to sustain healthy wild horse populations, including forage, water, space, cover and reproductive viability.ย  The Moriah HA was included in this decision.
The public will be notified when the BLM sets the new gather start date. An opportunity to watch the gather operations will be provided. For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or
chris_hanefeld@blm.gov.

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8 Responses to “Moriah HMA Wild Horse Gather Rescheduled by BLM…”

  1. Jan said

    just curious what pastures does the blm have – thot all horses were being railroaded to holding pens

  2. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THE BLM WILL DO WHATEVER THEY WANT. THEY TAKE THE HORSES TO HOLDING AREAS” SO THEY SAY BUT WHERE DO THEY REALLY GO? YOU CAN NOT TELL ME THEY ARE PUTTING ALL OF THESE WILD HORSES IN HOLDING AREAS. THAT IS JUST ANOTHER COVER UP THEY ARE USING. WHEN CANADA AND MEXICO BOTH SAY THEY ARE DOUBLING THERE KILL THIS YEAR THAT JUST ABOUT TELLS YOU. SO WHERE IS THE TAXPAYERS MONEY GOING. ONE THING IS NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE HORSES.

  3. I remember at the BLM Advisory Meeting last September one of the comments made was to change the name of holding to pastures. Sounds nice, doesn’t it. I think some of the long term holding is in Oklahoma. Does anyone here know where those horses are living and dying? We ought to be able to visit our horses and if possible, photograph the conditions that they are living in–oh that’s right—they are on “private” land? Seems to me if you take the government’s money(our money) you should be open to visitation.

  4. The comment was made by some woman that did BLM publicity.

  5. Lisa LeBlanc said

    T – not tryin’ to be a bummer er a conspiracy theorist er nuthin’, but is it possible this might have something to do with ‘zeroing out’ the Moriah herd?

    “ELY, Nev. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Ely District says it has released a revised preliminary environmental assessment for the Spring Valley wind project.
    The BLM district says it also has released for public review and comment a draft finding that the project will have no significant impact.
    The comment period will end on Aug. 18. Comments can be submitted to the BLM Ely district office by mail or e-mail.
    Spring Valley Wind LLC is proposing a 150-megawatt wind generation farm that would be constructed on more than 8,500 acres of public land in north Spring Valley, about 30 miles east of Ely. The project would include 75 wind turbines and an electrical substation.”

    (You know, there’s really no polite way to inquire about this and still sound like a lady…)

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