BLM NEVADA NEWS
BATTLE MOUNTAIN DISTRICT OFFICE No. 2009-04
FOR RELEASE: Dec. 11, 2008
CONTACT: Heather Emmons, (775) 861-6594, firstname.lastname@example.org
BLM to gather nearly 1500 horses near Battle Mountain
Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District Office has begun an emergency gather to remove 1,480 horses from the Callaghan Complex, which encompasses five herd management areas (HMAs): Callaghan, Bald Mountain and Rocky Hills HMAs; Simpson Park Mountain Range’s U.S. Forest Service lands; as well as the South Shoshone HMA. The gather will last approximately 30-40 days. Immediate removal of excess animals is necessary because forage is extremely limited.
An environmental assessment on the proposed gather was completed in the fall. Interested public can obtain a copy on CD by contacting the Battle Mountain District Office at (775) 635-4000.
The herd populations will be brought down to about 350 animals, which is the low end of the appropriate management level (AML). AML is an agency term used to describe the number of animals the landscape can sustain with adequate forage and water.
The gathered horses will be shipped to the Palomino Valley Center, near Reno, to be prepared for adoption or long-term holding. They will receive inoculations to protect them from disease and freeze marks with a unique number once they arrive at the facility. Many of the animals will be available for adoption or sale to interested members of the public within 45 days.
The horses will be large in size with good conformation. There are a variety of horses on these HMAs, including ones with English thoroughbred influences, Appaloosas, pintos, roans, greys and Curly horses, which appear to have draft traits.
The horses will be gathered with the assistance of a helicopter due to limited road access, terrain and animal behavior.
For more information about BLM wild horses and burros, please visit www.blm.gov/