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Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather


 

BLM Response to Allegations of Animal Cruelty

The care, well-being, and humane treatment of America’s wild horses and burros, both on and off the range, are the highest priority for the Bureau of  Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program. In response to an incident and video taken on January 27 of a mare that slipped and fell in the snow, the BLM conducted an internal review of the incident. A new release and link to the review report are available at: www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2011/february/NR_2_11_2011.html

Goal of Gather: 

Appropriate management level for the Antelope Complex is 427-788 wild horses, but there are currently an estimated 2,705 wild horses within the complex. The proposed gather is needed to remove excess wild horses to help prevent further deterioration of the range, achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations. Of the horses remaining on the range, BLM would conduct fertility control measures on mares and/or adjust the sex ratios of the gathered animals to be returned to the HMA to 60 percent male/40 percent female ratios.

Gather Hotline is (775) 753-0227.  This is for information only and will be updated daily once gather operations begin. 

Wild Horse Death Due to Trailer Transportation at Gather

Questions & Answers on the Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather

Adoption:

Animals removed from the HMA will be made available for adoption.

Background: 

On November 30, 2010, the BLM released the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather. The EA incorporated an additional alternative that was brought forward through the comment period. The BLM issued a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) December 17, 2010.  

On September 20, 2010, the BLM released a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the impacts of this proposed horse gather to the human environment for a 30 day public comment period. In excess of 2,800 comment letters/emails were received from individuals, organizations and agencies, although the majority of these consisted of form letters expressing the same or similar range of concerns. All comments were reviewed and substantive comments were considered in finalizing the EA. Other comments received were either outside the scope of the environmental analysis or are matters of opinion or view point which did not affect the analysis. A summary of comments and responses is located in Appendix M of the Final EA. 


The BLM is gathering excess wild horses above the established appropriate management levels from the Antelope Complex. The gather began on Sunday, Jan. 23. The Antelope Complex is located in southeastern Elko County and northeastern White Pine County approximately 60 air miles south of Wells, Nevada.

Wild horse numbers have increased an average of 20% per year since the last complete Complex gather in 2004-2005. The estimated population based on inventory flights in the Antelope Complex is in October 2010 is 2,705 (which includes the 2010 foal crop). The BLM plans to gather gather 85% of the total estimated population of 2,705 wild horses (which includes the 2010 foal crop), selectively remove approximately 1,867-2,228 excess wild horses from within the HMAs and approximately 50 from outside the Goshute and Spruce-Pequop HMAs, apply two year fertility control to up to 214 gathered wild horses and/or adjust the sex ratio to 60% males and 40% females within the Antelope Complex.


Photo of horses

Photo caption: Wild horses at Deer Spring conveyance in the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area.

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov


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Last updated: 07-27-2011