Triple B Complex, Day One: 42 horses captured, one dead

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Wild horses in BLM trap at the Salt Wells Creek HMA in Wyoming during September 2017. RTF file photo by Steve Paige.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 42 wild horses on Wednesday, Jan. 31, during the first day of a helicopter roundup at the Triple B Complex, in Nevada. The 1,682,998-acre 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 42 horses captured include 15 mares, 16 studs, and 11 foals. One horse was euthanized due to what the agency identified as a pre-existing condition, according to the BLM.

The BLM plans to capture 1,500 wild horses and permanently remove 1,000.

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.

The horses selected will be prepared for adopted at the Palomino Valley Wild Horses and Burros Adoption Center in Reno, Nevada.


Those who wish to view the roundup should contact Gregory Deimel at (775) 388-7078 or Participants must provide their own transportation, water and good.

You can help:

Please consider a contribution to the Wild Horse Defense Fund, which makes it possible for Return to Freedom to have humane observers on the ground at roundups. Having an active voice has proven valuable for holding BLM and contractors accountable for the humane handling of wild horses, pressing for improvements to humane standards, and educating policymakers and the public about how tax dollars are being used.