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Northern California District
Release Date: 08/31/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
  Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
News Release No. CA-N-10-100

BLM Enters Fourth Week of Twin Peaks Roundup

Three weeks after the start of the Twin Peaks roundup near Susanville, Calif., the Bureau of Land Management has gathered more than 1,000 wild horses and returned the first 54 animals back to the range.

“We continue to make excellent progress towards returning the wild herd to a sustainable level,” said Ken Collum, manager of the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office. “Operations are going well, and we’ve had excellent weather. We have been pleased to be able to offer public observation at every trap site and temporary holding facility, seven days a week.”

In total, 1,011 animals have been gathered since the roundup began August 11. 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.

Details about each day’s gather activities and activities at each of the corral facilities are available on the Twin Peaks Roundup website at

Members of the public interested in seeing the roundup operations and horses have several opportunities. BLM continues to provide daily escorts to the trap sites as long as the safety of the animals, staff, contractors and visitors are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.

To view the roundup, those interested meet at the Litchfield Corral on Highway 395 at 6 a.m. every morning, weather and operations permitting, to be escorted to the trap site. Members of the public are urged to call (530) 252-5324 each evening for the most up to date information. Horses gathered are available for viewing at the Litchfield Corral on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at the Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center near Reno between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The Twin Peaks roundup is expected to continue into September. Wild horses and burros have been removed and transported to the Litchfield Corrals and Palomino Valley Corrals in Nevada, 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).

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.

Detailed information about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is available at


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Last updated: 08-31-2010