DATE: November 23, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2006-10
WILD HORSES MOVED FROM BURNED AREA
Last week, 26 wild horses stranded in the Esmeralda Fire burned area were gathered about 10 miles east of Midas, Nevada and transported 20 miles to the Burner Hills Field of the Rock Creek Herd Management Area where they were released.
“The horses were fenced inside the blackened areas,” said BLM Elko Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Bryan Fuell. “They were eating forage left in the unburned islands of the fire area and were all in good condition.”
“The Esmeralda Fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in August 2005. The northern boundary of the fire came within two miles of the southern boundary of the Rock Creek Herd Management Area. Wild horses were reported within the burnt boundaries of the fire so we flew a census flight on October 31st, 2005 to count them and find their location. There were three foals in the group,” Fuell continued.
“We captured and relocated the horses because of concern for their welfare this winter and to protect the reseeding and rehabilitation efforts going on now. The operation went smoothly and was done in one day. Even with relocating these animals, the horse population in the Rock Creek Herd Management Area is still within the appropriate management level,” concluded Fuell.