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BLM Nevada News
ELY FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-056
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov
 
BLM to Gather Wild Horses from Moriah HMA
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office has scheduled a five-day gather beginning about Sept. 20, 2007, to remove 54 excess wild horses from the Moriah Herd Management Area (HMA), in northeastern White Pine County, Nev.
 
The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Moriah HMA is 1-29 wild horses.  Approximately 15-20 wild horses will remain on the HMA after the gather. 
 
The purpose of the gather is to maintain AML, and to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance among wild horse populations, wildlife, livestock, and vegetation, improve watershed health, make "significant progress towards achieving" Resource Advisory Council standards for rangeland health, and protect the range from the deterioration associated with overpopulation of wild horses. The gather will also serve to collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health.
 
The gathered horses will be transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley, near Reno, Nev., to be prepared for adoption through the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse-or-Burro Program.  To learn more about the program or to obtain an application, call toll-free (866) 4-MUSTANGS or visit the BLM Wild Horse and Burro website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov. Potential adopters can also call the National Wild Horse and Burro Center, in Palomino Valley, at (775) 475-2222.
 
For more information about the Moriah HMA wild horse gather, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely Field Office public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or at chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov.
 
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Last updated: 09-18-2007