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News.bytes Extra, issue 504

High Rock Complex wild horse roundup

A BLM-California operation to return wild horse populations to sustainable levels is underway on northwest Nevada public land managed by the Surprise Field Office in Cedarville.  The High Rock Complex wild horse roundup is focused on five herd management areas and is designed to achieve an appropriate management level of 258-451 wild horses.

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A gather helicopter keeps its distance as it moves horses toward a capture site near the High Rock Herd Management Area in Washoe County, Nevada.

people look into the distance
Interested members of the public use a viewing blind to watch roundup operations at the Bernards Spring capture corral.

horses run on the ground, leaving a trailer behind
A group of mustangs bolts from the trailer and heads for the hills after being released into the Nut Mountain Herd Management Area.  During the first week of the roundup, the BLM released 37 captured horses back into the Bitner and Nut Mountain management areas to maintain the appropriate management levels.  The BLM treated the released mares with a contraceptive drug to slow the wild herd population growth rate on the range.   Stallions were also released.

Details about the operation are available at www.blm.gov/ca/surprise.  Follow the links to High Rock Wild Horse Roundup.  Statistics on the website are updated daily.  The site also contains links to the BLM’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr social media sites that feature frequently updated photos, videos and information.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 10/23/11

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Last updated: 10-27-2011