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BLM to Gather Wild Horses from Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, & Antelope Valley HMAs

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 21, 2011

I have some very real fears about this gather. The timing, mixed with the weather patterns across the US as of late, does not make for a very safe gather operation. Yes, we know that most all gathers conducted by BLM and FS are not safe to standards that we would like. The point here is that even by the meager standards of BLM and FS, this gather shows promise of disaster.

A) July? Most colts are only a few months old. Some may be almost weanling age if they were born early this year. Some are going to be just off the ground.

B) Again, July? The weather as of late has been showing great forecasts of heat, heat, and more heat. While granted, the heat in Northern Nevada is not as “hot” as it is in other parts of the country due to the low humidity, 95 degrees Fahrenheit is still 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

C) 1,726? Seriously??? Are you out of your ever-bleeping minds? Has history not shown you anything about gathering this many horses at once? For Pete’s sake, take a lesson learned!

D) Say what you will, but I still take serious issue with skewing sex ratios. I don’t agree with it, never have and never will. How’s about making you a mare in the middle of a bunch of studs? Outnumbered and overpowered.

I could go on all night with the reasons why this gather is a bad idea but someone said the world was gonna end in a couple of hours so I guess I’ll try to get some sleep. Don’t want to be all sleep deprived for the big day.


BLM to Gather Wild Horses from Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas

Ely, Nev. –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office; and BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office have issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) Wild Horse Gather. The BLM will gather and remove approximately 1,726 excess wild horses from in and around the HMAs, and the Cherry Springs Wild Horse
Territory (WHT) located approximately 30 miles northwest of Ely and 70 miles southeast of Elko, Nev., beginning in July.
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 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.
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.
Removing the excess wild horses will help to prevent further deterioration of the range, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship as required under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as well as help to achieve and maintain healthy wild horse
The gathered animals will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center near Reno, Nev., where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program. 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 Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the EA, which is available online at  Click on the Ely District map and then click on the EA listed “In the Spotlight.”  The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or

Triple B, Maverick Medicine, and Antelope Valley HMA Wild Horse Gather


Documents and Maps

Ely District Office (Employee Directory)
702 North Industrial Way, HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-1800 Fax: 775-289-1910 Email:
District Manager: Rosemary Thomas

Caliente Field Office
US Hwy 93 Bldg #1, P.O. Box 237 Caliente, NV 89008
Phone: 775-726-8100 Fax: 775-726-8111
Field Manager: Victoria Barr

Egan Field Office
702 North Industrial Way, HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-1800 Fax: 775-289-1910
Field Manager: Gary Medlyn

Schell Field Office
702 North Industrial Way, HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-1800 Fax: 775-289-1910
Field Manager: Mary D’Aversa


2 Responses to “BLM to Gather Wild Horses from Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, & Antelope Valley HMAs”

  1. Jan said

    feel like saying its not the horses destroying the land but the stupid cattle and sheep

    on another point i read online that herpes virus is infecting horses in western usa – started in utah – think its dumb that blm would round up horses and maybe they would become infected

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