ELY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Egan Field Office and Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office concluded the Pancake Complex Wild Horse Gather on Saturday, Feb. 11. The BLM gathered 1,115 wild horses from the Pancake and Sand Springs West Herd Management Areas (HMA) and Jakes Wash Herd Area (HA), located about 30 miles west of Ely or 80 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nev. The BLM released 287 wild horses, including 124 mares treated with the fertility vaccine PZP, back to the HMAs.
The 819 wild horses removed from the Complex were transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev., and the Gunnison Correctional Facility, in Utah, to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild 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 wild horses to slaughter.
Removing the excess wild horses will help to 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 and burro populations.
The gather began on January 12. An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily through the gather to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.
BLM staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses. On a scale from one to nine (one being poor condition and nine being extremely fat), the horses were generally a body condition score of four, with a few wild horses observed to be higher or lower.
The BLM’s Pancake Complex Wild Horse Gather website can be accessed at this address: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/pancake_complex_wild.html.
For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or by email at [email protected].
The BLM manages more land – over 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.