WINNEMUCCA — The Tri-State Calico Complex wild horse and burro gather will start about two weeks earlier than anticipated. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct over-flights of the herd management areas (HMAs) along the borders of the California High Rock Complex, which ended gather operations on Saturday, and the Tri-State Calico Complex to ascertain wild horse and burro movement, numbers and locations prior to starting the Tri-State Calico gather later this week.
“We know wild horses move throughout the High Rock and Tri-State Calico areas,” said Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “The BLM’s wild horse specialists will make joint post-gather and pre-gather inventory flights to verify where the horses and burros are as we start the gather and also help us ensure the appropriate numbers of wild horses remain in the HMAs.”
The BLM California completed the High Rock Complex gather on Friday. The Tri-State Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Environmental Assessment and Decision Record allows for the fluidity of the start day by stating that the Tri-State Calico Complex will be gathered directly following the High Rock Complex due to potential movement and common boundaries.
The Tri-State Calico Complex gather will include selective removal criteria, fertility control and sex ratio adjustments. The gather area is northeast of Gerlach, Nev., within Humboldt and Washoe counties. The complex includes six HMAs.