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Northern California District
Release Date: 08/17/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530)-252-5332  
  Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
News Release No. CA-N-10-95

BLM Successfully Concludes First Week of Twin Peaks Roundup

(Susanville, Calif.) - One week after the start of the Twin Peaks gather near Susanville, Calif., the Bureau of Land Management has gathered 592 wild horses, and the first 32 animals have been returned to the range.

"We are pleased by the progress to date," said Nancy Haug, BLM Northern California District manager. "When you are working with hundreds of wild horses that can weigh well over a thousand pounds, there is always an element of risk to both the horses and the people conducting the roundup. There have been no injuries to personnel and no serious injuries to horses."

Horses gathered to date have come from the south end of the herd management area where water is typically sparse in the summer. "We have been monitoring the area to be sure horses didn’t run low on water before we could gather them," Haug said. "That didn’t happen and there is more water as we move further north." Water supplies will be adequate for horses being returned to the range, she said.

Ken Collum, manager of the Eagle Lake Field Office, said the first group of 27 stallions and six mules was released today back into the Skedaddle and Dry Valley home ranges. The first group of 14 mares is scheduled to be released tomorrow, after treatment with a non-permanent fertility control vaccine.

An aerial survey of Twin Peaks in late July found more than 2,000 horses and more than 200 burros.

The BLM’s goal is to leave approximately 450 horses and 72 burros in the 800,000-acre Herd Management Area. Mares being released will be treated with a non-permanent fertility control vaccine administered by a qualified veterinarian.

The Twin Peaks gather began on August 11 and is expected to continue into September. Wild horses and burros have been removed and transported to the Litchfield Corrals where they will be prepared for adoption. It is anticipated these animals will be available for adoption in October. Adoption information is available from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Information Center, 866 468-7826 (866-4MUSTANGS).

BLM is providing the public an opportunity to view the gather operations daily so long as the safety of the animals, staff , contractors and visitors is not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted. Information on observation opportunities is available by calling 530-252-5324. The corrals at Litchfield, where the initial animals removed from the range are being held, are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.

Under the federal Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act, the BLM is required to ensure wild horses and burros can be supported by the forage and water resources in each herd management area. When populations exceed these levels, animals are removed and offered for adoption by the public, or cared for in long-term pastures.


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Last updated: 08-18-2010