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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Ely District Office
 
Release Date: 08/05/10
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 , chris_hanefeld@blm.gov
News Release No. 2010-49

BLM Reschedules Moriah Herd Area Gather


Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office is moving the planned-for starting date for the Moriah Herd Area Wild Horse Gather to late August to coordinate airspace use with the military.  The gather was scheduled to begin Aug. 10.

The BLM will gather and remove approximately 72 excess wild horses from in and around the Moriah Herd Area (HA), located about 48 miles northeast of Ely.  The gathered animals will be transported to the Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Unadopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

The BLM Ely District is implementing the Ely Resource Management Plan that was signed in August 2008.  Through the planning process, a decision was made to remove all wild horses and change the management classification from Herd Management Area (HMA) status to Herd Area status on12 HMAs.  This was due to insufficient habitat resources to sustain healthy wild horse populations, including forage, water, space, cover and reproductive viability.  The Moriah HA was included in this decision.  

The public will be notified when the BLM sets the new gather start date.  An opportunity to watch the gather operations will be provided.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or chris_hanefeld@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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