Triple B Complex, Day Sixteen: BLM captures 50 wild horses, two dead

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Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center. This large wild horse and burro adoption and holding facility is north of Sparks, Nevada. BLM photo.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 50 wild horses on Thursday, Feb.15,  during the 16th 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 50 wild horses captured include 21 mares, 18 studs, and 10 foals. Two horses were euthanized due to what the agency identified as pre-existing conditions. 43 horses were shipped to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. 

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.


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.