Triple B Complex, Day Three: BLM captures 115 wild horses, two dead

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Wild horses captured during the fall 2016 Bureau of Land Management roundup in Nevada’s Owyhee Complex. File photo by Steve Paige for RTF.


The Bureau of Land Management captured 115 wild horses on Friday, Feb. 2,  during the third day of the helicopter drive trapping 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 115 horses captured include 43 mares, 47 studs, and 25 foals. Two horses were euthanized due to pre-existing conditions, 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 adoption at the Palomino Valley Wild Horses 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.