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BLM Issues Decision Record for Augusta Mountains Wild Horse Gather Plan

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on November 22, 2010

BLM Nevada News


FOR RELEASE: November 22, 2010

CONTACT: Lisa Ross, 775- 623-1541,

BLM Issues Decision Record for Augusta Mountains Wild Horse Gather Plan

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office has issued the Decision Record for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan. The BLM will gather approximately 275 wild horses from in and around the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA). There are approximately 294 horses that reside within the Augusta HMA. All horses gathered within the HMA will be returned back to the HMA after the mares are vaccinated with the PZP-22Β (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control drug. Additionally, the BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 40 excess wild horses that have established home ranges well outside the HMA in the adjoining Fish Creek Mountains.

Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Augusta Mountains HMA is 185 to 308 wild horses. The goal by vaccinating the mares with PZP-22 before releasing them back is to slow population growth and maintain population size within the AML, and extend the time before a gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed.

Removing the excess wild horses outside the HMA will help to prevent degradation of the range, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship as required under the 1971 Wild Fee-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. The removal of excess wild horse will help to achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations.

The Augusta Mountains HMA is located in Churchill, Lander and Pershing counties, about 75 miles southeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. The proposed gather is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2011.

The Augusta HMA Wild Horse gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the EA, which is available online at The BLM will also provide updates and information on the Web on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather. Printed copies of the EA are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921 during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

For more information, contact Mike Truden, Humboldt River Field Manager, at 775-623-1500.


5 Responses to “BLM Issues Decision Record for Augusta Mountains Wild Horse Gather Plan”

  1. Aleta Pahl said

    How comforting to know the BLM is the same old agency, listening to no member of the public who really owns these federal lands and the public wants the roundups stopped. And what of the distress to the horses in the dead of winter? And what will become of those horses outside the Herd Area… as if these horses know where the boundary lines are. I feel like our own government is going against the will of the people, and condoning the cruelty of these roundups. It is a sham under the lie of sustainability. If the BLM knew what sustainability meant, they would not allow the grazing of cattle on our federal lands that do 10 times the amount of damage to these ecosystems.

  2. Jan said

    feel like running out some place here in the open – we have thousands of acres open land here in apple valley, calif where wild horse would be free to roam – and screaming at the blm – STOP – YOU ARE KILLING AND REMOVING AMERICA’S HERITAGE – but they dont care

  3. Connee Robertson said

    Will someone from the BLM answer to the public as to why they are removing and desperately trying to control our wild horses? Could it have something to do with the deal you struck with El Paso Gas and BP on that Ruby pipeline you are running through the mid US, and that you do not want to answer to the “animal right” people or the EPA to do the environmental impact studies that are required of these companies. Since when did the government continue to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the will of the people..Aleta Pawl and Jan made some excellent points, as well. We know that this is bullshit..who do you think you are kidding?

  4. debbie said

    Can’t play mother nature, though we know that the almighty dollar is at work here and your ring leader Nancy Pelosi is going to continue to ignore the american outcry to stop! We don’t want this. So, why does the BLM continue…..$

  5. Folks, we really need to stay positive about all of this. We’ve just seen two great examples of how compromise and communication can work for the American Wild Mustang. Instead of seeing only the negatives, let’s look for the positives.
    How can we work towards better management options?

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