Pilot Mountain HMA Wild Horse Gather
Update: Sunday, November 28, 2010 -- Gather Cancelled
The BLM cancelled gather operations of the Pilot Mountain HMA. The gather contractor conducted an aerial reconnaissance over a portion of the area Saturday and found fewer wild horses in the HMA than predicted. A new population census flight will be scheduled by BLM in the future to determine if current numbers of wild horses within the HMA are within the Appropriate Management Level (AML).
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Pilot Mountain Wild Horse Gather Plan in October 2010. The Pilot Mountain HMA is located approximately 25 miles east of Hawthorne, Nevada.
Is there a band of horses residing outside the Pilot Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) at the south end of Walker Lake?
A band of approximately 104 additional wild horses are residing on the U.S. Army’s Hawthorne Army Depot near Walker Lake, Nevada. This band has grown in size and local popularity from horses that drifted years ago from the Pilot Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA).
This band of wild horses was scheduled to be removed from Depot lands as part of the Pilot Mountain HMA gather, but BLM suspended this portion of the planned gather on November 2, 2010, to give the Depot, BLM and horse advocates time to mitigate safety concerns over horses congregating on U.S. Highway 95 near Walker Lake and to discuss future management options of leaving the Walker Lake band of horses on the Depot.