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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program LogoHigh Rock Complex Wild Horse Roundup

Completed November 12, 2011


Progress:

The Bureau of Land Management began roundup operations October 15, 2011, and concluded on November 11, 2011.

Adoption:

Animals removed from the Complex will be available for adoption at several special adoption events.  For more information about adopting horses from the High Rock Complex, email us here: cahighrockcomplex@blm.gov.

Background:

The Bureau of Land Management began round up operations to remove wild horses above established population levels from the Bitner, Fox Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain and Wall Canyon Herd Management Areas in northeast California and northwest Nevada.   

Wild horse numbers have increased an average of 27% per year since the last time they were gathered.  The current population is about 4 times greater than the appropriate management level lower range.

BLM humanely gathered as many of the total population as possible, and returned to the range a sustainable number of animals to reach Appropriate Management Level.  This brought the population of horses to the appropriate management levels established through the Surprise Resource Management Plan, developed with full public involvement in 2008.

BLM's goal is to leave an Appropriate Management Level of 258 - 451 wild horses in the complex to ensure healthy, viable herds long-term.

A July 2011 aerial survey estimated that more than 1,300 horses were living in or adjacent to the Complex, an overpopulation resulting in ongoing damage to the rangelands.

Details of the round up are available on this website by following the links in the right column.  The public was invited to observe this roundup 7 days a week.  

Wild horses from the High Rock Complex Herd Management Areas


For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov


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Today's Status

Horses
Gathered

Horses
Returned to
Home Range

Horse
Deaths


 

0

0

0


Cumulative Totals
since October 15

Horses
Gathered

Horses
Returned to
Home Range

Horse
Deaths


 

1,334

 40

13