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BLM horses get shade


BLM NEWS — horses.in.shadeThe Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center (PVC) will begin testing three different shade options for the wild horses and burros over the next two months.

Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief of the BLM’s National WH&B Program, appreciates the recommendations and assistance provided by the public and various partners. She said, “We appreciate the public’s patience while we review various shade structures. The trial period will allow us the opportunity to determine what works, while meeting the safety and welfare needs of the animals.”

Implementation of the three options will begin as soon as the materials arrive at PVC. Eric Reid, Acting PVC Facility Manager, is coordinating with the National Mustang Association, of Utah, The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS), and the Northern Nevada Correctional Center to obtain the materials. “One of PVC’s top goals is to construct the three shade options as soon as possible. The trials will also provide the BLM with valuable shade research data on wild horses.”

As new information is available on the progress of the shade structures, BLM will continue to post updates to www.blm.gov/whb If you have additional questions, please contact the BLM at 866-468-7826 or [email protected].

The Palomino Valley Center is located 15780 Pyramid Hwy. (State Rte. 445) Reno, NV 89510. From Interstate 80, take Exit 18 (Pyramid Way/State Road 445). PVC is north about 20 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn east (right) on Ironwood Road to reach the facility. PVC is the largest BLM preparation and adoption facility in the country with a capacity of 1,850 animals. It serves as the primary preparation center for wild horses and burros gathered from the public lands in Nevada and nearby states. Visitors wishing to adopt are encouraged to call PVC prior to arrival at (775) 475-2222. Public hours for visiting are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-noon.

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