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BLM Releases Tri-State-Calico Complex WH&B Gather Plan, & Meets with Immediate Opposition…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 16, 2011

More to come on the Calico Complex from TMP soon… T.

BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: June 15, 2011
CONTACT: Lisa Ross at (775) 623-1541,

Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse Gather

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office has prepared a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) for the Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Plan. The BLM is proposing to gather approximately 1,298 wild horses and 140 wild burros, of which as many as 268 wild horses would be released back to the range following the gather. The gather area is located northeast of Gerlach, Nev., within Humboldt and Washoe counties. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the preliminary EA by July 18, 2011.
In the proposed action, of the wild horses released back to the range, approximately 87 mares would receive a 22-month Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22) immunocontraceptive vaccine treatment and 181 studs/geldings would be released due to sex ratio adjustments (60 percent male/40 percent female). The goal is to slow population growth and maintain population size within the appropriate management level, and extend the time before a gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed.
“Keeping the herd population in balance with the available forage and water helps keep these wild horses healthy,” said Rolando Mendez, Black Rock field manager. “It is the BLM’s responsibility to sustain the health of the rangelands, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.” The BLM is proposing to finish the proposed action and decision made in the Calico Mountains Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan from 2010.  Although the Calico Mountains Complex was gathered in Jan. and Feb. 2010, the overall proposed action was not achieved due to winter conditions and wild horse movement within the tri-state area of Nevada, Oregon, and California, which necessitates the need for this follow-up gather.
The BLM estimates there are currently 1,602 wild horses within the Complex and 179 wild burros. The gather is proposed in order to return the wild horse and burro population to within the appropriate management level of 572 to 952 wild horses and 39 to 65 wild burros. The Complex consists of approximately 584,000 acres (public and private) but the gather area consists of approximately 1,041,000 acres to encompass wild horses and burros residing outside of the herd management areas (HMAs).
Wild horses and burros from the Tri-State-Calico Complex would be gathered as a Complex or unit as herds move and interact throughout. The proposed gather is being conducted in conjunction with BLM California’s High Rock Wild Horse Gather, which would take place immediately prior to this proposed gather. This is conducive because both gathers are located within the tri-state area where wild horse movement between these areas exists. The Complex gather involves areas beyond the HMA boundaries as wild horse and burros have moved outside of HMAs in search of forage, water and space, due to the current over-population of wild horses and burros in these areas. The Complex includes the following HMAs: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, Warm Springs Canyon, and McGee Mountain.  The proposed gather is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2011 and will last approximately 40-50 days.
The document may be reviewed on-line at Printed copies are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office. Questions and written comments should be directed to: Rolando Mendez, Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office, BLM Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921.Comments may also be submitted by email to Email messages should include “Tri-State-Calico Complex Gather Plan (Whitman)” in the subject line. Public comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commentors will be available for public review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Immediately following the email distribution of this news, a reply-to-all message was sent:

Do you have any other documentation available to support the conclusions set forth in the EA? Names of the experts, their backgrounds, photographic evidence (specific locations, documented on the ground photos & aerial) and detailed examples of damage, over use, etc.? Please provide the methodology used to calculate the numbers of Wild Horses on the various ranges; dates, times, and methods used and the specific individuals utilized and their professional backgrounds. Do you have a new and specific proposed multi-use plan? If yes, please provide?
Best regards,
William M. LeRoy, President & CEO
American Legal & Financial Network® (ALFN®)


5 Responses to “BLM Releases Tri-State-Calico Complex WH&B Gather Plan, & Meets with Immediate Opposition…”

  1. betty said

    I thought they decided there were lots less horses in the Calico complex area after the round up when they flew over and published that census withthe dots that repre esented the herds and horses seen!Do they think that “because of the movement of the horses” they will stay in the Calico area this time, while they try to drive them into corrals? Where do they get the numbers? In the meantime they are deciding ot make two herds in Wyoming “non reproducing” herds with replacements to be added from other HMA’s? Is any one out there listening to us?

    • Betty,
      This was my same thought process when I received the message. I don’t know anymore what they’re thinking. I’m doing some further and deeper research into this proposed gather now. I had hoped to have it wrapped up by now but I’ve found more that I need to track down in process. Cross ur fingers LOL, hopefully by this week’s end I’ll have it all together.

  2. Lisa LeBlanc said

    I don’t understand the second email – who is William LeRoy?

    • Apparently he is an attorney. He just replied all to another BLM email about an Oregon herd. Looking into it over the past week and still digging. Letcha know when I get more info.

    • Hey Lisa,

      Talked with Mr. LeRoy (Will) last evening. Didn’t realize it until we talked that he is actually one of MM’s friends on Facebook LOL. Turns out that Will did not intend to send his reply to everyone on the BLM’s distribution list. At the top, the addresses only show about 5 BLM employees – the ones Will thought he was sending the email response to – but in fact, in the “BCC” of the distribution list, there are around 500-600 people. Yes, he is an attorney for a very large firm, however there is no litigation pending between his firm and BLM. He is an advocate, just like us. Will and his wife have been working towards the same goals as we have for quite some time now. They also do a lot of rescue networking to help Equines in need in their area. And small world of worlds, he’s even been a guest here on TMP from time to time. So, that settles that mystery. Next?
      What’s going on with the Tri-State gather? So far, I have found many references to the movements of the horses. (I know, same on song and dance.) This is the most commonly cited reason for doing this gather (again). As well, there will be a gather conducted jointly with the Tri-State gather: Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, and Wall Canyon managed by the Surprise Field Office in California. These HMAs are connected in some places to the Tri-State Complex, obviously supportive of the herd movements theory. The Nut Mountain HMA did not show (on BLM’s inventory) to be over AML, so in the first paragraph of the High Rock EA there is mention of possibly adding horses back to the HMA. However, I have very little faith in this as the argument will likely go back to the the same old song and dance: herd movements.
      According to BLM,

      “The benefit of coordinating these wild horse gathers is that it affords the BLM the opportunity to gather wild horses that have moved out of their designated HMAs (due to gather pressure) and have moved into adjacent areas which are subject to different administrative jurisdiction. In the past, horses that have moved out of the prescribed gather area during operations have not been gathered. By coordinating the High Rock and Calico Gathers to occur consecutively, the effective gather area would be increased, thereby improving gather success rates and the ability to achieve the AML within this broader area.”

      You be the judge on that one…

      More to come as I get it.


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