U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 352
Wild horse helps BLM geologist inspect mining claims and abandoned mines
BLM Geologist Gregg Wilkerson and BLM Wrangler Louis Andreas teamed up Sept 22-24 to inspect mining claims and abandoned mine sites in the Kiavah Wilderness and adjacent areas that were not accessible by motorized vehicle. (text continues below)
Wilkerson rode Mouse. The stallion was named that because he was a mouse-colored horse when he was captured by BLM. Mouse was rounded up on December 2, 1997 as part of the Buck & Bald/ Cherry Springs herd management area, out of White Pine County, Nevada. Mouse was then 2 years old, and is now 13 years old.
Using the wild horses, the mine and claim inventory was completed in 2 days. Hiking to those locations would have required twice or three times that amount of time. Wilkerson hopes to use Andreas and his horses for similar surveys next year.
A view across the Kiavah Wilderness
BLM Wrangler Louis Andreas with the horses:
- G. Wilkerson, 10/08
|Last updated: 10-08-2008|