Release Number: BMFO 2004-25
For Release: July 15, 2004
EMERGENCY WILD HORSE GATHER PLANNED
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO), has received notification from the Washington Office to proceed with an emergency gather of up to 100 wild horses from the Lucky C and Arambel Allotments in the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) due to the absence of any viable water sources. BLM wild horse and burro specialists observed dry conditions at the Coils Creek Slough, a major water source for wild horses in this portion of the HMA area, prompting the need for emergency measures.
On Monday, July 12, the BMFO placed two troughs in the slough providing nearly 2,000 gallons of water for the wild horses. Field Office staff have since observed horses drinking from the tanks. Brown Brothers out of Eureka will monitor and maintain water levels until the emergency gather takes place.
The BLM recently received monies as a result of a redirection of its 2004 budget funds to resume gathering operations. In Nevada, about 3,100 animals will be removed during the months of July, August and September in an effort to reach appropriate management levels (AMLs) on the range. Cattoor Livestock Roundup began the summer gather schedule in the Diamonds complex, with holding corrals just 5 miles from the Coils Creek Slough. Cattoor has agreed to conduct the emergency gather. For further information, please contact Christine Pontarolo, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist, Battle Mountain Field Office at (775) 635-4000.
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