Results of Roundup:
The BLM has completed a post-roundup count of wild horses and burros in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), finding that 793 wild horses and 160 wild burros remain on the range. BLM's goal was to leave a healthy herd of at least 450 wild horses and 72 wild burros to reach the Appropriate Management Level (AML) set by the Eagle Lake Resource Management Plan in 2008 to ensure healthy rangelands. Prior to the gather, animal populations were about five times the number of wild horses and two times the number of burros.
Details of the Roundup:
BLM plans were to humanely gather as many of the total population as possible and return to the range the most suitable animals to reach the AML. Details of the roundup are available on this website by following the links in the right column. The public was invited to observe this roundup.
Animals removed from the HMA are available for adoption, including at several special adoption events. These spectacular horses have desirable traits, and we expect them to be in high demand.
For BLM news releases and statements issued about Twin Peaks, check our Newsroom.
The Bureau of Land Management began roundup operations August 11, 2010 to gather wild horses and burros above established population levels from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville, California.
Wild horse numbers have increased an average of 20% per year since the last gather in the HMA, in 2006. The most recent pre-gather inventory completed July 24 found 2,236 wild horses and 231 wild burros. BLM plans to gather as many of the total population as possible, and return to the range a sustainable number of animals.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.