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Northern California District
Release Date: 08/23/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-97

Twin Peaks Wild Horse Roundup Shifts to Northern Part of Management Area

Wild horse and burro round up operations being conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in northeast California have shifted to the northern part of the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area along the California-Nevada border.

Hunters and others who enjoy exploring back country public lands can expect to see pickup truck and horse trailer traffic, tractor-trailer rigs and helicopter operations during late August and early September. There could be brief travel delays in some areas where capture sites are along dirt and gravel roads.

Gathering operations are set to begin Aug. 23 in the Cold Springs area west of Dodge Reservoir, and about 15 miles northeast of Ravendale in Lassen County.  Over the next two weeks, the roundup crews will move south and east, toward the Buckhorn Road, Rodeo Flat, Painter Flat and the Buffalo Meadows areas.

Daily details on roundup locations are announced on the Twin Peaks information telephone line, at (530) 252-5324.  Daily updates on the wild horse and burro gather are posted online at  Wild Horse and Burro Program information can be found online at

Anyone interested is welcome to watch roundup operations.  To join the observation group, meet at the BLM Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, 20 miles northeast of Susanville on U. S. Highway 395, at 6 a.m.  Visitors must provide their own high clearance (8 ½ inches) four wheel drive vehicles, food and water.  There are no restrooms in the gather areas, and cell phone service will be spotty on non-existent.

The BLM is removing excess wild horses and burros from the 800,000-acre HMA to return the herd to its appropriate management level of 448-758 wild horses and 72-116 wild burros.

Wild horses and burros are protected by the 1971 Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act which requires the BLM to manage, protect and control wild horse and burro populations as part of a “thriving natural ecological balance on the range.”

More information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program is available at

Details and daily updates about the Twin Peaks roundup are available at


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Last updated: 08-23-2010