TONOPAH, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concluded a wild horse helicopter gather on the Reveille Herd Management Area (HMA) located about 50 miles east of Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada on February 3, 2017.
The BLM gathered 151 and removed 81 wild horses. A total of 68 horses, both mares and studs, were released back onto the range. All mares identified for release, a total of 30, were treated with the fertility control vaccine PZP-22 to slow the population growth rate of the remaining population within the HMA. PZP-22 is a temporary fertility-control vaccine that can prevent pregnancy in wild horses for 1-2 years.
The purpose of the gather was to remove excess horses and apply fertility control to mares that were released back to the HMA in order to slow population growth rates and assist in maintaining wild horse population levels below the established appropriate management level (AML). The post gather population of 90 wild horses will allow for at least three years until the population nears the established AML and another gather is scheduled. For detailed information on the entire gather operation, visit http://bit.ly/2iVnqFi.
All the horses removed were transported to the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals facility, located in California where they will be vaccinated, dewormed, and inspected by a veterinarian. Once the horses have their vaccination boosters they will be available for adoption to qualified applicants. For further information and requirements regarding adoption, go to https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/adoption-and-sales/how-to-adopt
For more information, contact Kyle Hendrix, BLM Battle Mountain District public affairs specialist, at 775-635-4054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.