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BLM Press Release: Moriah HA Gather to Begin August 27, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 20, 2010


The really interesting part of this press release is the statement about the change in classification from Herd Management Area to Herd Area

ELY DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2010-51
FOR RELEASE:  Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
CONTACT:  Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@.blm.gov

BLM to Begin Gathering Wild Horses from Moriah Herd Area in Nevada

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office will begin to gather 72 wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area near Ely, Nevada, starting Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.  The gather is expected to take up to four days to complete.
The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to change Moriah’s management classification from Herd Management Area (HMA) to Herd Area (HA), due to insufficient habitat resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations.
“Our goal is to manage for healthy public lands and healthy wild horses,” Schell Field Manager Mary D’Aversa said.  “The Moriah Herd Area lacks the resources necessary to sustain healthy wild horse populations, year-round. As a result, the horses are moving outside the Herd Area boundary.”
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.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The BLM will regularly post gather information on its Website.  Also, an observation day for the public and media is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 28. For more information or to sign up, call Chelsey Falge, BLM Ely District administrative clerk, at (775) 289-1800.
“The top priority for this gather is safety – that of the animals, our employees, and members of the public,” D’Aversa said.

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4 Responses to “BLM Press Release: Moriah HA Gather to Begin August 27, 2010”

  1. Cindi said

    Are there any cattle grazing in this HMA? If there are, there is no reason to remove horses – they should be removing the cattle. Herd areas are supposed to allow “principal” use of the resources “but not exclusively”. If ANY cattle or sheep remain grazing, then removal of the horses is way out of line.

  2. Linda Horn said

    Doesn’t this change in status pretty much declare “open season” for any type of human development?

  3. Lisa LeBlanc said

    Ya know what kills me about this particular roundup?
    72 souls – just 72 – and the whole damn family could be kept together but for the lack of an HMA of my own.
    I know I chose this path (with maybe a little direction from the Almighty) but it’s the small defeats like this that take it outta me more than the larger ones – the ‘possibles’ beckoning from just over there and still out of my reach.
    Sorry, all. But if I can’t wax a little sad among my own people, where the heck else can I go?

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