Summary: The BLM has cancelled gather operations of the Pilot Mountain HMA. The gather contractor conducted an aerial reconnaissance over a portion of the area on Saturday and found fewer wild horses in the HMA than predicted. Based on this reconnaissance and ground observations by BLM staff, the gather was cancelled.
A new aerial population census flight will be scheduled by BLM in the future to accurately determine if current population numbers of horses within the HMA are within the Appropriate Management Level (AML).
The nine horses that were held overnight at the temporary corrals were released this morning without the mares being treated with PZP. The gather contractor is removing the temporary corrals and Saturday’s trap site.
With the termination of further gather operations the planned guided-observation days on November 30-December 1 are also cancelled.