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Reminder of WH&B Comments Due & Upcoming Gathers…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 27, 2010

Today, August 27, 2010:

September 2010:

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Tonopah’s Reveille, Montezuma Peak & Paymaster HMA Wild Horse & Burro Gathers – 1st Week of September 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 17, 2010

Battle Mountain District Office


Ely’s Eagle Herd Management Area (tentative gather date Jan 2011)


Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC meeting on August 26 in Ely; click here for the agenda.

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BLM News Release: Wild/Feral Horse Population Data Collected

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 9, 2010

Release Date: 07/09/10
Contacts: JoLynn Worley, 775-861-6515,
News Release No. 2010-022

Wild/Feral Horse Population Data Collected

Reno, Nev. — Preliminary data from an aerial population survey conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of northwest Nevada and southern Oregon indicates there is a minimum of 4,200 wild/feral horses within this area, which contains 13 wild horse herd management areas (HMAs), including the five Calico Mountains Complex HMAs, 3 wild horse herd areas (HAs), and two national wildlife refuges.

The BLM and FWS concluded the inventory on June 28 after nine days and approximately 60 hours of flight time using a fixed-wing airplane, which will provide a scientifically-based estimate of the wild/feral horse population. The project area encompasses approximately four million acres of private and Federally-managed public lands.

This improved population survey methodology was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with the assistance of BLM wild horse specialists. The methodology, called Simultaneous Double-Count with Sightability Bias Correction, used three observers to independently observe and record data on groups of individual horses. The methodology incorporates peer-reviewed techniques that have been used for decades to estimate wildlife populations around the world.

A statistician cooperating with USGS will analyze the preliminary data obtained during the inventory flights to provide population estimates with a 95 percent confidence interval. Inventory information relies on the ability of the aerial observers to see horse groups and is strongly dependent on the skill of the individual observer, size of the horse group, and vegetation cover.

The modeling and analysis to be completed will make adjustments to the preliminary data to account for animals not observed during the flight. The simultaneous double-count/sightability bias correction technique will provide more valid population estimates than the standard uncorrected aerial inventory method.

While the BLM does not have a date for the release of the final results of the inventory and necessary modeling work, preliminary data, which represent the minimum number of horses in each area, are shown below. The BLM/FWS will release the results of the analysis to the public when it comes available. The following numbers shown are direct counts of animals seen during the flight and include observed foals of the year.

Bureau of Land Management administered areas:

State/Herd Management Area (HMA) or Herd Area (HA) Direct Count
Nevada Calico Complex 5 HMAs
   Black Rock East HMA
   Black Rock West HMA
   Calico Mountain HMA
   Warm Springs Canyon HMA
   Granite Mountain HMA
NV/non-HMA areas
                                                     NV sub-total
OR/Beaty’s Butte HMA
OR/Pueblo-Lone Mountain HA
OR/South Catlow HA
OR/non-HMA areas
                                                     OR sub-total
CA/Bitner HMA
CA/Carter Reservoir HMA
CA/Fox Hog HMA 
CA/High Rock Canyon HMA
CA/Massacre Lakes HMA
CA/Nut Mountain HMA
CA/Wall Canyon HMA
CA/New Years Lake HA
CA/non-HMA areas
                                                     CA sub-total
US Fish and Wildlife Service administered area:
USFWS/Sheldon-Hart Mountain
                                                  Inventory total 4,217

This cooperative effort will establish a base line population count and animal distribution in this large area. Past population surveys and gather operations have shown that wild/feral horses may move among a number of HMAs and the Sheldon and Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuges.

This population survey represents a point in time and that because of the free-roaming nature of the animals their movement between HMAs is normal and expected. While the total number of animals is expected to remain stable until next year’s foaling season, the numbers within each HMA will vary over time.

Pre-determined transects spaced 1 ½ miles apart were flown at an altitude of approximately 500 feet above ground level and speeds ranging between 95 and 110 nautical mph. Data collected included the number of horses per group, type of topography, plant cover, activity of the horses, and other parameters that will be used to develop population estimates. All observed horse groups also had their locations recorded via GPS.

BLM and FWS are planning to return to the area later this fall for a second survey that will provide information on the herd movement and how that can affect population counts in the individual areas.

Map of survey area and locations where horses were observed.

The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


Nevada State Office   1340 Financial Blvd., Reno NV 89502

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The Declaration of Independence – From a Wild Horse & Burro Point of View

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 4, 2010

How many of those among us have actually read and understood the document now known as the Declaration of Independence? Any of us who have made it through middle school grade levels know what the text of the document is; most of us had to memorize the first few paragraphs for a test grade. But how many of us actually understand the text and words?

I began this post early this morning. Needless to say, I got a little bit sidetracked. However, following the white rabbit down the bunny trail has led me to a new and awe-inspiring understanding of this great document.

I wonder now if Thomas Jefferson knew then while he sat by candle light with a quill and ink pot just how much his humble and yet powerful words on a piece of parchment paper would affect the American people. Certainly, he did not know then what I know now of how it so accurately applies to the plight of the American Wild Mustang and Burro.

It has been said that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration in a format that was intended to be performed, as in acted out. After coming upon this discovery today, I would have to agree with this wholeheartedly.

I ask that you follow with me on a trip to the imagination: As you listen to the following reading, think of the Colonial Americans… Then think of them as the American Wild Mustang. Don’t stop paying attention once you hear the first few paragraphs that we’ve all heard a million times. The truths come after them.

As I stated, I started this post early this morning in order to pull a few more resources together for a slide show / video showcasing the Equine contributions to the American Military. It is greatly shadowed by the light of the video above but I like it LOL.

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Upcoming Wild Horse & Burro Gathers, Summer 2010, Updated List 06/22/2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 3, 2010

The following are wild horse and burro gathers that are proposed to be conducted this summer. This list is up to date through June 22, 2010.

State Agency HMA Complex Start Date End Date # To Be Gathered # To Be Removed Horses/Burros
NV BLM Eagle (outside) *   3/10/10 9/29/10 50 50 Horses
NM BLM Bordo   7/7/10 7/17/10 107 50 Horses
OR FS Murderers Creek   7/1/10 9/30/10 50 50 Horses
OR FS Big Summit   7/1/10 9/30/10 50 50 Horses
OR BLM Ligget Table   7/1/10 9/30/10 40 40 Horses
NV BLM Owyhee Owyhee Complex 7/9/10 8/1/10 660 595 Horses
NV BLM Rock Creek (outside) Owyhee Complex 7/9/10 8/1/10 358 358 Horses
NV BLM Rock Creek  Owyhee Complex 7/9/10 8/1/10 250 50 Horses
NV BLM Little Humbolt Owyhee Complex 7/9/10 8/1/10 80 30 Horses
OR BLM Cold Springs   7/11/10 7/16/10 187 112 Horses
OR BLM Murderers Creek   7/18/10 7/23/10 100 100 Horses
NV BLM Moriah   8/10/10 8/12/10 72 72 Horses
UT BLM Confusion Conger 8/14/10 8/25/10 300 250 Horses
UT BLM Conger Conger 8/14/10 8/25/10 260 230 Horses
CA BLM Twin Peaks   8/9/10 9/23/20 2301 1853 Horses
OR FS Stinking Water   8/18/10 8/23/10 215 175 Horses
CO BLM Piceance/East Douglas HMA   8/25/10 9/3/10 380 340 Horses
NV BLM Reveille   9/4/10 9/8/10 235 195 Horses
NV BLM Montezuma   9/9/10 9/13/10 155 155 Burros/Horses
UT BLM Winter Ridge HA   9/15/10 9/23/10 200 200 Horses
NV BLM Paymaster   9/14/10 9/16/10 45 45 Horses
NV BLM Silver King   9/18/10 9/30/10 600 500 Horses
CA BLM Twin Peaks   8/9/10 9/23/10 302 205 Burros
NV BLM Reveille   9/4/10 9/8/10 235 195 Burros
NV BLM Montezuma   9/9/10 9/13/10 155 155 Burros/Horses
AZ BLM Cibola   9/25/10 9/30/10 100 100 Burros
*Will Continue thru September as they are found outside the HMA. Total Horses Planned to be Gathered 6,645    
Total Burros Planned to be Gathered 792    
     These totals are for the summer months of 2010 only. Total Horses Planned to be Removed 5,450    
      Total Burros Planned to be Removed 655    

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Reveille Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 11, 2010

Decision Documents

The BLM Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office is seeking public comments on the Reveille Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA), which addresses the need to remove approximately 198 excess wild horses from in and around the Reveille HMA beginning in September 2010.       

The BLM will accept written comments on this EA until June 25, 2010. For more information, contact Dustin Hollowell, BLM Tonopah Field Office, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at (775) 482-7847.

Please address written comments to the BLM Tonopah Field Office, P.O. Box 911, 1553 S. Main St., Tonopah, NV 89049 attn: Thomas J. Seley, Field Manager.  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 at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.      

About the Reveille Herd Management Area

The Reveille HMA is located 50 miles east of Tonopah and 12 miles south of Warm Springs, Nevada, in Nye County. The area consists of 105,494 acres and encompasses an area 17 miles wide and 10 miles long. The Proposed Gather Area encompasses the Reveille Allotment which exceeds 600,000 acres in size. This area is typical of the Great Basin region characterized by north-south trending mountain ranges. Significant features are large flat valley bottoms and steep mountains with elevations ranging from 5,000 feet in the Reveille Valley to over 9,400 feet on Kawich Mountain. The area is remote and rugged, with portions of four Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) included within the proposed gather area, and portions of two WSAs within the Reveille HMA itself. The vegetation consists primarily of salt desert shrub, black sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Noteworthy species include Indian ricegrass, needle-and-thread grass, galleta grass, bottlebrush squirreltail, winterfat (white sage), fourwing saltbush, shadscale, and bud sagebrush.     

The area falls within the Great Basin Desert which encompasses much of Nevada, western Utah, portions of southern Oregon and small parts of Idaho and California. The weather and precipitation patterns vary considerably within Central Nevada. The orographic features of the region play a very important role in the unequal distribution of precipitation. Central Nevada is very arid. The Reveille HMA area receives 5 inches of annual precipitation in the valley bottoms. The mountain tops can receive as much as 16 inches. The average precipitation received at the Reveille Rain gauge since 1985 is 4.90 inches annually. Summers are hot and dry, with high temperatures in the 90’s or higher. Winters are cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing and below zero degrees. The Reveille HMA receives snow during the winter which may range from several inches to nearly a foot in depth depending upon the severity of the winter, and elevation. As a comparison, Texas, Nebraska, Kentucky and Northern California all receive 15-30 inches or more annually, which is 3-6 times more precipitation than the lower elevations of the Reveille HMA.     

Nevada Wild Horse And Burro Areas Administrated By The Bureau Of Land Management FY06; Herd Management Areas (HMAs) – Areas Managed For Wild Horses and Burros      



HA Name     

Herd Code

BLM Acres     

Other Acres     

BLM Acres     

Other Acres     

Acres Transferred From BLM     

Horse AML (1,2)     

Estimated Horse Pop     

Burro AML (1,2)     

Estimated Burro Pop     

Last Gather Mo/Year     

Year Reach AML     














  NEVADA SUMMARY 19,593,299 3,088,027 15,778,284 1,695,925








1. Appropriate Management Levels, indicates estimated AML.
2. AML is reported as the maximum number of animals sustainable on a yearlong basis. (Nevadahastats06)

The Battle Mountain Field Office, Shoshone Eureka Planning Area contains 12 Herd Management Areas totaling approximately 1,800,000 acres.  

The Tonopah Field Station contains 15 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) totaling approximately 1,200,000 acres.  Find out about Tonopah Field Station HMA’s, Bullfrog, Dunlap, Fish Lake Valley, Gold Mountain, Goldfield, Hot Creek, Little Fish Lake, Montezuma, Palmetto, Reveille, Saulsbury, Stone Cabin, Paymaster/Lone Mountain, Sand Springs West, Silver Peak and Stonewall.     

Battle Mountain Field Office and Tonopah Field Station, Wild Horse and Burro Population Tables      

Wild Horse Herd Characteristics (from


The wild horse herds across the Shoshone-Eureka Planning Area are typically comprised of numerous bands of Read the rest of this entry »

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