The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday captured 14 wild horses and on Wednesday 115 during helicopter drive trapping at the Silver King Herd Management Area.
Four wild horses were put down for what BLM reported as “pre-existing conditions,” each with a “poor prognosis for recovery”:
- a 4-year-old bay stud with a broken back leg;
- a 16-year-old bay mare with swollen hocks;
- an “emaciated and weak” 3-year-0ld sorrel stud with a bad knee;
- an 11-year-old bay mare with a fractured skull.
The capture and removal of the 129 wild horses brings to 528 — 202 stallions, 211 mares and 115 foals — the total number captured since the roundup began on Nov. 27. Nine horses have died.
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.
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