The Bureau of Land Management concluded the Fox–Lake Wild Horse Gather

WINNEMUCCA, Nevada – The Black Rock Field Office concluded the Fox Wild Horse Rally – Lake Herd Management Area near Gerlach, Nevada on December 17, 2021.

Black Rock field office staff rounded up 82 feral horses and removed 23 surplus feral horses from public lands. Additionally, 23 studs were released into the lineup. A population suppression control vaccine called GonaCon was administered to 37 mares. Mares will receive a second dose within approximately 30 days and then be released into the Fox-Lake herd management area.

The purpose of the collection was to reduce the overpopulation of feral horses inside and outside the Fox-Lake Herd Management Area, where there was not enough water to support the number of animals in the area, to prevent further degradation of public lands associated with excessive wild horses and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands.

“The rally was essential to ensure the health of public lands in the herd management area, as well as wild horses, both of which are at risk due to herd overcrowding and severe drought conditions,” said Mark Hall. , Black Rock Field Manager.

The muster was conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the Wild Horses and Free-Ranging Burros Act of 1971. Removing surplus animals will make significant progress towards achieving range health standards set by the Sierra Front Northern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. Additionally, by balancing herd size with what the land can support, the Bureau of Land Management aims to protect habitat for other wildlife such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer. .

Staging staff transported animals removed from the range to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro off-range corrals located in Reno, Nevada to be prepared for the Bureau’s wild horse and burro adoption and sale program of Land Management. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed on long-term pasture where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the Wild Horses and Free-Ranging Burros Act of 1971.

Additional collection information is available on the Fox-Lake Gather website at https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/herd-management/gathers-and-removals /black-rock-fo/2022 -renard-lac.