BLM resumes “emergency” horse roundup in Elko County, NV

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Wild horses stand in temporary holding pens after being captured during the Sulphur Herd Management Area (Utah) helicopter roundup earlier this year. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.

 

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday resumed an “emergency” bait-and-trap roundup of wild horses from private land near the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area.

BLM captured 15 studs, three mares and two foals on Monday, bringing the total captured to 91 (43 studs, 33 mares, 15 foals). One wild horse has died during the roundup: A 13-year-old mare was found at the trap site dead with a broken neck May 12, according to BLM’s gather report.

BLM is conducting the roundup with water as bait at the request of a land owner near Boone Spring, NV., about 40 miles southwest of Wendover.

The agency’s Wells Field Office has also “determined that even though there has been above average amounts of precipitation this winter and spring, there are still no known water sources in the area for wild horses to obtain water later this spring and summer.”

All wild horses captured are being transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral in Fallon, NV., prior to being put up for adoption.

The BLM has assigned an Appropriate Management Level of 155-259 adult wild horses to the 502,909-acre Antelope Valley Herd Management Area, which is located about 52 miles south of Wells, NV. In March, BLM estimated the population there at 1,320 wild horses.

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