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BLM concludes horse gather near Tonopah, adopts some horses, returns others to range


TONOPAH–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tonopah Field Office concluded the Reveille Wild Horse Gather over the weekend following a successful adoption and the release of some of the gathered horses back onto the range.

Between Nov. 3 and Nov. 7, 120 horses were gathered from both inside and outside the Reveille Herd Management Area boundaries within the Reveille Allotment approximately 70 miles east of Tonopah, Nev. The gather was conducted to comply with a 1987 District Court Order and two orders issued by the Interior Board of Land Appeals in 2001 and 2002 related to management of wild horses in the Reveille Allotment.

An adoption event at the Tonopah Fairgrounds resulted in 10 out of 15 horses being adopted, many to residents from the local area. In addition, 45 horses were returned to the range including 25 mares that were treated with the fertility control drug PZP-22. The remaining horses were shipped to the BLM’s Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, CA.

“The success of the gather, adoption and release of the Reveille wild horses is due to the cooperation and support of many agencies, organizations and individuals including the Town of Tonopah, Nye County, wild horse and burro groups, Nellis Air Force Base, ranchers and the public,” said Tim Coward, Tonopah Field Office manager. “We are pleased with the results of the operation and hope that the use of fertility control will reduce the need to gather wild horses in the future.”

Additional information about the gather can be found at http://on.doi.gov/10qLBlh. Photos from the gather can be found at http://bit.ly/1EdYBJf.

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