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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program LogoBlue Wing Complex Emergency Gather

Helicopter gathering began Aug. 2. Gather operations and shipping was completed on Sunday, Aug. 4


Goal of Gather:

Immediate removal of some excess wild horses from portions of the Blue Wing Complex and adjacent areas outside the herd management area (HMA) boundaries is needed for protection of the animals and the rangeland resources. Approximately 200 excess wild horses will be removed during the emergency gather area in order to prevent suffering or death due to drought conditions on the range and to minimize degradation of resources affected by drought.

The Kamma Mountains, Seven Troughs, Lava Beds, Blue Wing Mountains, Shawave Mountains and Nightingale Mountains HMAs, collectively referred to as the Blue Wing Complex are located in Pershing County, Nevada, north and west of Lovelock. The Complex consists of approximately 639,300 total acres, but the emergency gather area consists of approximately 110,637 acres.

Details of the Gather:

BLM plans to humanely gather approximately 200 excess wild horses.  Details of the gather are available on this website by following the links in the right column.  BLM invites the public to observe this gather and details are also available regarding safety procedures and logistics. 

Adoption:

Wild horses removed from the range will be shipped to Palomino Valley Center near Reno, Nevada to be prepared for the BLM wild horse adoption program or for long-term pastures.

Latest News:

For BLM news releases and statements issued about the Blue Wing Complex gather, check our Newsroom.

Background:

Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Blue Wing Complex is (low) 333 to (high) 553 wild horses and (low) 55 to (high) 90 burros. The current estimated populations, based on flights in June 2013, are 1,574 wild horses and 800 burros. BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses and burros due to the on-going drought conditions. Based on monitoring data, a portion of the Complex has been identified as experiencing an emergency situation due to drought conditions combined with excessive wild horse populations.

Wild horses in the Blue Wing Complex are currently exhibiting a body condition score of between 2.0 to 3.0 but are anticipated to decline if actions are not taken.

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov.


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Today's Status
Aug. 4, 2013

Animals
Gathered

Animals
Returned to
Home Range

Animal
Deaths


 

14

0

1

Cumulative Totals
since Aug. 2

Animals
Gathered

Animals
Returned to
Home Range

Animal
Deaths


 

203

0

4