Bureau of Land Management to Begin 2022 Nevada Wild Horse Range Wild Horse and Burro Gather Exercise

LA VEGAS – On or about December 18, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District, Pahrump Field Office, will begin a gathering of wild horses and donkeys in the Nevada Wild Horse Range Herd Management Area located approximately 30 miles southeast of Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada. The BLM plans to round up approximately 648 feral horses and 100 donkeys, and remove approximately 438 surplus feral horses and 100 surplus feral donkeys. Additionally, the BLM plans to treat approximately 150 mares with Gonacon and release them, along with up to 60 stallions, onto the range. The BLM will conduct muster operations using the helicopter-assisted method.

The Nevada Wild Horse Range Herd Management Area encompasses over 1.3 million acres of public land and is entirely within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The appropriate management level for the Nevada Wild Horse Range herd management area is 300 to 500 wild horses and zero wild donkeys. As of March 1, 2021, the estimated population was 736 wild horses and 95 wild donkeys, which does not include foals born this year. The current population estimate, including the 2021 foal crop, places the herd management area approximately 162% above the appropriate management level. The most recent gathering was completed in 2020.

The purpose of collection is to prevent excessive or unnecessary degradation of public lands associated with excess wild horses, to restore a prosperous natural ecological balance and a multiple-use relationship on public lands, in accordance with the provisions of the section 1333(b) of the Wild Horses and Wild Burros Act of 1971. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the Southern Nevada District Office aims to address resource issues related to drought and extremely limited water sources, and to protect the habitat of other wild species. Disposal of surplus animals will allow significant progress towards achieving range health standards.

BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient and successful wild horse mustering operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals mustered. The BLM and its contractors will use the best available science and handling practices for feral horses and burros while meeting overall collection goals and objectives in accordance with the Global Animal Welfare Policy.

“BLM is committed to safe and humane mustering operations as we work to save animal lives by reducing overpopulation and bringing herd size more in line with what area resources can support,” said Nicholas Pay, Pahrump Field Manager.

Any surplus feral horses identified for removal will be transported to the out-of-reach feral horse and burro corrals in the Palomino Valley, located north of Reno, Nevada. All excess feral donkeys removed will be transported to the Axtell, Utah BLM Wild Horse and Out-of-Range Donkey Corrals located in Axtell, Utah, where they will be veterinarian checked and prepared for the BLM Wild Horse and Donkey Adoption and Sale Program. For more information on adopting or purchasing a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

The Nevada Wild Horse Range is entirely within the Nevada Test and Training Range; therefore, only essential collection operations personnel will be permitted on the trapping site during collection operations.

The BLM is conducting collection under DOI-BLM-NV-S030-2020-0003-EA Nevada Wild Horse Range Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan signed November 2020. Access to the Record of Decision is available at https:// eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1504061/510.

Gather reports and additional information for the FY2022 Nevada Wild Horse Range Herd Management Area of ​​the Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Gather will be posted on the BLM website at https://www.blm.gov/programs/ wild-horse-and-burro/herd-management/gathers-and-removals/nevada-southern-nevada-do/FY2022-NWHR. For technical information, contact Wild Horse and Donkey Specialist Tabitha Romero at [email protected]