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Elko District Office
Release Date: 08/06/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-388-1101 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-061

BLM Concludes Maverick-Medicine Wild Horse Gather

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office concluded the Maverick-Medicine wild horse gather on Monday, Aug. 5. A total of 64 wild horses were gathered from Cherry Spring in the Maverick Range of the Maverick-Medicine Herd Management Area.

The water trap 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. This action was analyzed as part of the Three HMA Environmental Assessment released in May 2013.

Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Maverick Medicine HMA is 166-276 wild horses and the current estimated population is 587 wild horses. BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the on-going drought conditions.

The wild horses removed from the range were sent to Gunnison Correctional Facility, Utah where they will be prepared for BLM’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild 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 wild horses to slaughter.

The gather began Aug. 2 and concluded on Aug. 5. No wild horses died or were euthanized during the course of the gather.

“The BLM's efforts made prior to the gather by hauling water and improving the troughs helped us achieve our goal in just three days," said Bruce Thompson, Contracting Officer’s Representative and Elko District Wild Horse Specialist. "By ensuring the wild horses were still in fair shape and accustomed to using this spring, the water trapping worked. All of the captured wild horses loaded well and adapted quickly to feed and water.”

BLM’s Maverick-Medicine Gather website can be accessed at this address:

For more information, contact Lesli Ellis, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386 or by email at

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 08-06-2013