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***Comments Due By Oct. 24*** BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wild Horse and Wild Burro Gathers at Garfield Flat and Marietta Wild Burro Range

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on October 3, 2011

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wild Horse and Wild Burro Gathers at Garfield Flat and Marietta Wild Burro Range

Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office released the Preliminary Garfield Flat and Marietta Herd Management Areas Gather Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. The proposed gather area is southwest of Hawthorne, in Mineral County, Nev.
The EA analyzes two proposed gathers; a wild horse gather to apply fertility control to mares and remove 223 excess wild horses from the Garfield Flat Herd Management Area (HMA), and a wild burro gather to remove 66 excess wild burros from the Marietta HMA. The proposed horse gather is tentatively scheduled for February 2012, and the wild burro gather is tentatively scheduled for 2013. 
The proposed gathers are needed to achieve and maintain the established appropriate management levels (AMLs) and remove excess wild horses and burros. The proposed gather also would prevent further range deterioration resulting from the current overpopulation of wild horses and wild burros within the areas.
The Garfield Flat and Marietta HMAs Gather Plan and EA analyzes the application of fertility control on mares, and the removal of approximately 223 excess wild horses from inside and outside of the Garfield Flat HMA. About 240 wild horses would be gathered, 26 – 33 mares would be vaccinated with a two-year fertility control vaccine (Porcine Zona Pellucida – PVP-22), then released back into the HMA, leaving 83 wild horses in the Garfield Flat HMA. Treating the mares will slow the rate of herd reproduction, assisting in maintaining the AML, and reducing the number of excess wild horses that would need to be removed in the future. The AML for the Garfield Flat HMA is 83 to 125 wild horses.
The proposed gather for the Marietta HMA would remove 66 excess wild burros leaving 78 wild burros within the area. The AML for the Marietta HMA is 78 to 104 burros.
The EA may be reviewed online: 
The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the EA by October 24, 2011. Comments received during the public review period will be analyzed and considered as part of the decision-making process.
Only written comments will be considered. Written comments for the Garfield Flat and Marietta Gather Plan and EA may be submitted by email, by mail to: BLM Stillwater Field Manager Teresa Knutson, 5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, NV 89701, or by fax to: 775-885-6147.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available.
For additional information about the proposed gathers, call or email Steve Kramer, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, 775-885-6005,

NEPA Register > DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0529-EA
NEPA Project Summary 
NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0529-EA Status:  Active
Project Name:  Garfield Flat and Marietta Herd Management Area Gather Plan Decision Date: 
Applicant:  BLM Stillwater Field Office, Carson City District    
Project Description:

The Proposed Action would involve gathering an estimated 240 wild horses, 66 wild burros, removing approximately 157 excess wild horses, 66 excess wild burros, and releasing 60 wild horses back into the Garfield HMA after treating/retreating an estimated 26-33 mares with the fertility control vaccine (PZP-22) and adjusting the sex ratio to favor males. The estimated 157 excess wild horses to be removed includes 85 excess wild horses which are established on lands within the Marietta Wild Burro Range HMA. The use of the PZP-22 should maintain AML range by reducing the population growth rate and reduce the number of excess wild horses that would need to be removed in the future. Should the gather efficiency exceed 80% of the current wild horse populations, additional mares (up to 33) would be treated and released back to the Garfield Flat HMA. The BLM intends to continue with this treatment protocol by returning to Garfield Flat every 2-3 years to maintain AML by continuing the population control protocols of gathering and re-treating the mares with PZP. If gather efficiencies utilizing a helicopter does not achieve the desired goals of the Proposed Action, water/bait trapping may be utilized to capture sufficient numbers of horses to achieve these targets. The management actions contained within the proposed action are also supported by a recent report received from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) which recommends that the BLM increase the level of use of fertility control and other population control methods (sex ratio adjustments, geldings, etc.).

Project Location:

The Garfield Flat and Marietta Herd Management Area, Mineral County, Nevada

Project Lead:  John Axtell    
Phone Number:  (775) 885-6146    
Office(s):  Stillwater FO Lead Office:  Stillwater FO
Counties:  Mineral    
Program(s):  Wild Horse and Burros Special Interest(s):  Riparian-Wetlands
Special Status Species

Document            Interested Party Letter           

Map Set Name Publication Date  
Garfield_Marietta_HMAs_MAP 09/21/2011


2 Responses to “***Comments Due By Oct. 24*** BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wild Horse and Wild Burro Gathers at Garfield Flat and Marietta Wild Burro Range”

  1. pam dale said

    If the blm and our government doesn’t stop these roundups there will be no mustangs left! What will you people say to your children an grandchildren? Sorry we wanted to sell mineral rights an strip the land, sorry we wanted to sell your beloved equines over seas etc to eat even though they had bute etc, sorry our national heritage was worth money so we exterminated them! Sorry

    • It reminds me of that old Alabama song…
      “Let’s leave some blue up above us. Let’s leave some green on the ground. It’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow. Leave it and pass it on down.”
      I’m all for cleaner energy and healthy rangelands, but I am NOT all for the methods that are currently being used to achieve them.
      The end does not justify the means.

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