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BLM concludes wild horse gathers



CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District concluded the Flanigan, Dogskin Mountain, and Granite Peak Herd Management Areas (HMA) Wild Horse Gather on Fri., Jan. 27.  The preliminary numbers of animals gathered are 308 excess wild horses. Of those gathered 58 animals were released back to the range after the mares received a 22-month fertility control vaccine.  The HMAs are located about 30 miles northeast of Reno, Nev.


The Garfield Flat Wild Horse Gather concluded on Thur., Feb. 2.  The preliminary numbers of excess wild horses gathered from the Garfield Flat HMA are 84.  Of those gathered 23 animals were released back to the range after the mares received a 22-month fertility control vaccine.  One domestic mule was gathered and returned to its owner after almost two years. The HMA is located about 10 miles southeast of Hawthorne, Nev.


The purpose of the two gathers was to reduce the herd populations to within the appropriate management levels (AML) and to implement population growth controls to achieve or maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.


Excess wild horses were transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse Adoption Center, located about 20 miles north of Sparks, Nev.  Gathered wild horses are being prepared for adoption under the BLM’s adoption program.  Wild horses for which there is no adoption demand will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (Act).  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.


For information about adopting a wild horse, go to http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program.html.


For more information, contact Lisa Ross, BLM Carson City public affairs specialist, at 775-304-8850.

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