Start of Gather
The BLM Elko District, Wells Field Office and Ely District, Schell Field Office concluded the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) Wild Horse Gather on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The gather began October 2.
Goal of Gather
The BLM gathered and removed 180 wild horses from the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs), located about 60 miles south of Wells and 50 miles north of Ely, Nev. The helicopter gather was necessary to prevent a further decline in animal condition caused by minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought conditions.
An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily throughout the gather to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment. BLM staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses.
Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Antelope HMA is 150-324 wild horses. Prior to the gather, the population was 468 wild horses. AML for the Antelope Valley HMA is 115-259 wild horses. Prior to the gather, the population was 641 wild horses.
BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the on-going drought conditions.
Wild horses removed from the HMAs were transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev., or the Gunnison Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah, to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. Animals for which there is no adoption demand 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 Antelope Complex consists of the Antelope HMA that is managed by the BLM Ely District, Schell Field Office; and the Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop HMAs which are managed by the Elko District, Wells Field Office.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.