Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, is suspending the Clan Alpine Herd Management Area (HMA) wild horse gather that was scheduled to start approximately February 1, 2011. The Clan Alpine Herd Management Area (HMA) is located 60 miles east of Fallon, Nevada.
"An aerial census conducted in late December of the wild horses in the Clan Alpines shows that the population is low enough that gathering horses in that area to treat the mares with a fertility control vaccine is not warranted at this time," said Terri Knutson, BLM-Stillwater Field Office Manager. "We will continue to monitor that wild horse herd to ensure their population stays in balance with the other natural resources in the Clan Alpine Mountains."
Wild horse gathers, birth control treatments and limited removals are methods intended to reduce or maintain the herd population sizes to within the appropriate management levels necessary to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.
For more information, contact Mark Struble, BLM Carson City District Public Affairs Officer, at (775) 885-6107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.