U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Wild horse program release to manage Twin Peaks herd
Wild horse and burro program managers in the BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office finally got a break from snowy, rainy spring weather last week, and were able to complete a long-planned release of wild horses, mules and a burro into the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area.
The mare release will achieve the targeted sex ratio of 60 percent stallions and 40 percent mares in the Skedaddle-Dry Valley Home Range. The stallions have the saddle horse conformation and size that will maintain the characteristics of the Twin Peaks wild herd. The mules and burro are being released because they are over adoption age.
Based on observations in three days of post gather flights conducted last October, the mustang population in the herd management area along the northeast California-northwest Nevada border is about 790 animals, while the wild burro population is about 160. These totals are slightly above the appropriate management levels of 448-758 horses and 72-116 burros.
April 8, 2011
|Last updated: 04-12-2011|