Triple B Complex, Day Fifteen: BLM captures 52 wild horses

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Day two of the of the BLM Nevada Triple B Complex Gather. A helicopter is used to move the horses into the gather site trap. BLM photo.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 52 wild horses on Wednesday, Feb.14,  during the 15th day of the helicopter drive trapping at the Triple B Complex in Nevada, according to the agency.

The 1,682,998-acre Triple  B Complex consists of four separate Herd Management Areas including the Triple B HMA (Ely), Maverick Medicine HMA (Elko), Antelope Valley HMA (Elko), and Cherry Springs Wild Horse Territory (Elko).

The 52 wild horses captured include 19 mares, 19 studs, and 14 foals. 41 horses were shipped to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. No deaths or injuries were reported. 

The BLM plans to capture 1,500 wild horses and permanently remove 1,000 from the Triple B Complex. The cumulative agency set Appropriate Management Level for all of the HMA’s within the Triple B Complex is 472 – 884 wild horses. The current population estimate for the Triple B Complex is approximately 3,842 wild horses.

The agency plans to release approximately 250 mares that will have been treated with the PZP fertility control vaccine. Additionally, approximately 250 stallions will be selected to be returned to the HMAs. 

As of now 28 mares who have been treated with PZP, along with one mare who did not receive the treatment, were released back into the HMAs. Furthermore, 27 studs were released back into the HMAs.

The horses selected will be prepared for adoption at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burros Adoption Center.