U.S. Highway 93 Corridor Wild Horse Gather

The BLM Ely District, Schell Field Office has set up temporary corrals to begin gathering approximately 50 wild horses that have strayed outside the Eagle and Silver King herd management areas (HMAs) and onto public lands within the U.S. Highway 93 corridor, north of Pioche, Nev.  The BLM is gathering the horses from alongside the highway to reduce and mitigate a public safety hazard and potential for wild horse injury or death from motor vehicles traveling on the highway. 

The gather was scheduled to begin March 15, but was delayed by weather.  The BLM is using corrals baited with feed and water to gather the animals.  When gathered, the animals will be transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley, north of Reno, Nev., or the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Delta, Utah.  The animals will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and treated, 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 Hwy 93 Corridor gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the EA, which is posted on this website.  The BLM will also provide, at this same Web address, updates and information on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.

On Dec. 28, 2009, the BLM issued for public comment the preliminary EA for the Eagle HMA Wild Horse Gather.  In that EA, the BLM proposed to gather and remove approximately 495 excess wild horses from the Eagle HMA, plus the 50 wild horses that are outside the HMA alongside U.S. Highway 93.  The BLM later determined that there was not adequate time to safely conduct the proposed Eagle HMA gather prior to the start of foaling season and deferred issuing a decision on the proposed gather until later this year.  The BLM will conduct further environmental analysis of the proposed Eagle HMA gather at that time and will extend additional opportunities for public comment prior to issuing a decision on the gather.

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

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