Triple B, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas Wild Horse Gather, Proposed July 2011
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 11, 2011
Triple B, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas Wild Horse Gather, Proposed to be conducted July, 2011
Goal of Gather:
At the time of the proposed gather, it is estimated that the population will be more than 1,460 wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area (HMA) where the appropriate management level (AML) is 250-518 wild horses; 636 wild horses in the Maverick-Medicine HMA where the AML is 166-276 wild horses; 28 wild horses in the portion of the Antelope Valley HMA west of U.S. Highway 93 where the AML is 16-27 wild horses; and 74 wild horses in the Cherry Springs WHT where the AML is 40-68 wild horses. The estimate includes the 2011 foal crop. Wild horse numbers fluctuate between the HMAs and WHT, based on seasonal movement. The proposed gather is needed to remove excess wild horses to help prevent further deterioration of the range, achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations. If more than 1,726 wild horses are gathered, selective removal criteria would be used to return horses to the range. Of the horses remaining on the range, BLM would conduct fertility control measures on mares and/or adjust the sex ratios of the gathered animals to be returned to the HMA to 60 percent male/40 percent female ratios.
Details of the Gather:
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Wild horses removed from the HMAs and WHT will be made available for adoption. Animals for which there is no adoption demand 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.
On January 6, 2011, the BLM released a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) (01-07-11) analyzing the impacts of this proposed horse gather to the human environment for a 30 day public comment period. The Preliminary EA is available on this website. Printed copies are also available at the BLM Elko District Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, in Elko, Nev.; and the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.
The BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office administers the Triple B HMA. The Elko District, Wells Field Office administers the Maverick-Medicine HMA and the portion of the Antelope Valley HMA west of U.S. Highway 93. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ruby Mountains Ranger District administers the Cherry Springs WHT. The BLM is proposing to gather wild horses above established appropriate management levels from the HMAs and WHT beginning in July 2011. The proposed gather area is 30 miles northwest of Ely and 70 miles southeast of Elko, Nev.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email email@example.com.