Lahontan Wild Horse Herd Management Area (Lyon County, Nevada) - Gather Operations Concluded November 17
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office, has completed the Lahontan Herd Management Area (HMA) gather.
Gather Summary: 117 horses were gathered on the HMA, with 110 being removed. Seven horses were returned to the HMA on the morning of November 18, joining others not gathered the previous day. The gather was witnessed by 22 members of the media and citizen observers.
The upper range of the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 10 horses was reached in order to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse population, wildlife, permitted livestock and vegetation within the HMA. The AML for the HMA was set after analysis of monitoring data and following a public decision-making process that resulted in a Multiple Use Decision (MUD) in 1993.
At the time of the enactment of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 the estimated horse population on the HMA was four animals. The current population estimate is now at the upper range of AML for the HMA.
Wild horses removed from the range will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for, and will retain their "wild" status and protection under the 1971 law. The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Lahontan HMA Gather Plan Final EA.
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Please direct further inquiries to Alan Bittner, Staff Supervisor, Sierra Front Field Office, 775-885-6000.