The Bureau of Land Management captured 59 wild horses on Sunday, Feb.12, during the 13th day of the helicopter drive trapping at the Triple B Complex in Nevada, according to the agency.
The horses were gathered from the Maverick Medicine HMA, one of four separate Herd Management Areas in the Triple B Complex. The 1,682,998-acre Triple B Complex also consists of the Triple B HMA (Ely), Antelope Valley HMA (Elko), and Cherry Springs Wild Horse Territory (Elko).
The 59 wild horses captured include 30 mares, 17 studs, and 12 foals. One horse was euthanized due to what the agency identified as a pre-existing condition. This is the 15th death and 13th euthanization of this helicopter roundup.
The BLM plans to capture 1,500 wild horses and permanently remove 1,000 from the Triple B Complex. As of now, the agency has captured 817 horses.
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 adoption at the Palomino Valley Wild Horses and Burros Adoption Center.