The Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) gather is scheduled to begin on January 31, 2011. The Augusta Mountains HMA is situated within the administrative boundaries of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain, Carson City, and Winnemucca Districts. The Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office is the administrative lead for this plan.
The BLM is proposing to gather approximately 275 wild horses from the Augusta Mountains HMA Wild Horse Gather area. All horses gathered within the HMA will be returned back to the HMA after approximately 118 mares are vacinnated with the with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine to slow population growth, maintain population size within the appropriate management level (AML), and extend the time before another gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed. Approximately 40 excess wild horses have established home ranges well outside of the HMA in the adjoining Fish Creek Mountains will be gathered and removed during this gather.
The intent of the gather is not to remove any horses from within the HMA. However, any weaned foals that cannot survive on their own, or orphan foals would be removed and would be placed in foster care or made available for adoption to qualified individuals. Any old, sick or lame horses unable to maintain an acceptable body condition (greater than or equal to a Henneke body condition score (BCS) 3 or with serious physical defects such as club feet, severe limb deformities, or sway back would be humanely euthanized as an act of mercy.
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