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News.bytesNews.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)

BLM geologist Gregg Wilkerson with the two horses on the trip

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
A view across the Kiavah Wilderness
A marker post with a backpack set down next to it for scale

BLM Wrangler Louis Andreas with the horses:
BLM Wrangler Louis Andreas with the horses

- G. Wilkerson, 10/08


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Last updated: 10-08-2008