ALTURAS, Calif .– The Bureau of Land Management has completed rounding up excess wild horses from the Surprise Complex of Herd Management Areas in northwestern Nevada. As part of the effort, 1,216 wild horses were brought together as part of the effort to bring populations back to sustainable levels. The BLM released 68 mares and 90 stallions into the range to maintain viable populations in the herd management areas.
Mares returned to pasture are treated with a fertility control drug to slow the growth of wild herds. Bureau officials will conduct an aerial population survey in the spring to confirm the number of wild horses remaining in the range.
“This was an ambitious and ambitious project, and we are delighted to have completed it, while meeting our goals of security, humane treatment, public access and transparency,” said Craig Drake, Director from the BLM Applegate field office. “Completing this collection will help ensure that we have healthy wild horse herds on healthy ranges in balance with other authorized course users. “
Wild horses removed from the lineup will be available for adoption at BLM Litchfield Corrals near Susanville, Calif., Via the internet and at wild horse and burro adoption events in various locations across the country starting in January. Dates, locations and details will be announced. The older feral horses will be placed on long-term pastures in the Midwest where they will retain their wild status and protection.
“We recognize that many people enjoy our country’s wild horses and burros, and we share that appreciation,” said Dereck Wilson, BLM’s Northern California District Director. “With the completion of this project, wild horses and burros will benefit from healthy range habitat or human care off the course. “
Complete collection statistics are available online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/herd-management/gathers-and-removals/california/2021-surprise-complex -wild-horse-gather.
The BLM protects wild horses and burros and controls their populations under the provisions of the Wild and Free-Range Horses and Burros Act. The law recognizes animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneering spirit of the West” and requires that they be managed within a “natural ecological balance flourishing across the range”.