Silver King roundup Days 4-6: Total wild horses captured reaches 346, 2 dead

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Wild horses cling together in temporary holding after being captured during a 2016 helicopter roundup at the Owyhee Complex in Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management on Friday-Sunday captured 160 wild horses as it reached the sixth day of a planned three-week helicopter roundup at the Silver King Herd Management Area. A total of 346 wild horses have been captured so far.

BLM did not post the roundup figures between Friday and Sunday.

No injuries were reported among the 68 studs, 59 mares and 33 foals captured.  Two wild horses were put down on Nov. 27: a mare missing an eye and a yearling blind in both eyes, according to BLM.

BLM plans to remove 980 wild horses from their home range, located about 60 miles south of Ely, Nevada. About 244 wild horses will remain on the 606,000-acre HMA when the roundup is complete.

BLM’s stated reason for the roundup is “to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-uses relationship on public lands,” according to a press release.

The agency estimates that the wild horse population on the HMA to be 1,224 horses, including foals. The agency’s “Appropriate Management Level” for Silver King is 60-128 wild horses — or as low as one wild horse for every 10,100 acres.

By comparison, BLM allows up to 55,940 Animal Unit Months of private cattle and sheep grazing on six allotments that overlap the HMA by 24-100%. One AUM is enough forage for one cow-calf pair or five sheep per month.

Captured wild horses will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Dallon, Nevada, before being offered by adoption.

To view BLM’s planning documents, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xQmBN.

Viewing the roundup

Those who wish to view the roundup operation are asked to call (775) 289-1800 to be added to an attendee list and receiving specific meeting locations.

Take Action

Please keep calling U. S. Senators on the Conference Committee and urge them to continue standing up for wild horses and burros and opposing slaughter. Click here for suggested talking points and a list of phone numbers.

Please click here to send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to oppose the Bureau of Land Management sale policy, which allows any buyer to purchase up to 24 wild horses with no waiting period, no oversight and no questions asked.

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