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Questions and Answers
Why is the BLM gathering the Owyhee, Rock Creek, and Little Humboldt herds?
The proposed gather is needed to achieve and maintain the appropriate management level (AML) of wild horses in the Owyhee, Rock Creek, and Little Humboldt and prevent further deterioration resulting from the current overpopulation within the three herd management areas (HMAs) in north-central Nevada. The current wild horse population for the three HMAs is approximately 1,440, which is more than 4 times the low range AML of 337 horses and about 2.5 times the land’s full carrying capacity or high range AML of 561 horses. (Low range of AML is the minimum herd population level; high range AML is the maximum population level that can be sustained by the land in conjunction with other land uses.)