Goal of the Gather:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mount Lewis Field Office (MLFO) conducted a gather within the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA). This HMA is located south and west of Eureka, Nevada, encompassing the east side of Antelope Valley, the Mahogany Hills, Fish Creek Range and a portion of the Antelope Range.
Details of the Gather:
The gather was conducted by a contractor using a helicopter to locate and guide wild horses toward a set of corrals. The use of helicopters, authorized in the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, has been proven to be a safe, effective and practical means to gather wild horses.
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Information on observing the gather can be found by calling the gather hotline at 775-861-6700 or going to the Public Observation Opportunities page.
The MLFO held two on-site wild horse adoption events in Eureka, Nevada that offerred 16 wild horses recently removed from the Fish Creek HMA. Six horses found a new home.
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The Fish Creek HMA is approximately 230,600 acres in size and is located south and west of Eureka, Nevada, encompassing the east side of Antelope Valley, the Mahogany Hills, Fish Creek Range and a portion of the Antelope Range. The gather area is bordered in the north by U.S. Highway 50, on the west by the Monitor Range and on the east by Little Smoky Valley. The gather area will include areas within and outside of the HMA in an area approximately 431,000 acres in size.
It has been nine years since the last gather of the Fish Creek HMA and the current population is 323% of the established AML. Drought conditions have compounded the heavy utilization of rangeland resources by wild horses. Water is very limited within the Fish Creek HMA due to drought, and trailing is severe in many locations as wild horses travel long distances to water.
The 2015 Fish Creek gather is part of a long term management plan with the objective of slowing population growth and achieving the established Appropriate Management Level (AML) over the next ten years. The plan includes the use of multiple methods to initially and subsequently capture and treat mares with a fertility control vaccine within the Fish Creek HMA. This initial gather will include the capture of 500-549 wild horses and removal of 200 excess wild horses from the Fish Creek HMA. Approximately 300-349 wild horses will be released back to the range following the gather. The fertility control vaccine PZP (Porcine Zona Pellucida) or other current formulation will be applied to mares released back to the range (estimated 150-175 mares) to slow population growth rates.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.