U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Nevada Wild Horses & Burros|
Herd Management Areas (HMAs)
Under the law, BLM is required to manage wild horses and burros only in those areas (Herd Areas) where they were found in 1971. Through land use planning, BLM evaluates each Herd Area to determine if it has adequate food, water, cover and space to sustain healthy and diverse wild horse and burro populations over the long-term. The areas which meet these criteria are then designated as Herd Management Areas.
If you’ve adopted a wild horse or burro, your paperwork will include the name of the HMA from which your animal was gathered. Information about Nevada’s HMAs can be found on this site.
The number next to the HMA’s name refers to the field office or district which manages the HMA:
Of course, there is an exception…some HMAs managed by the Ely Field Office also have a “5”. This is because the Caliente Office now reports to the Ely Field Office rather than Las Vegas, as it did more than 30 years ago.)
A group of bachelors on the Owyhee HMA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q – What if I can’t find my horse’s home listed here?
Nevada manages two special status HMAs. They are: the Nevada Wild Horse Range and the Marietta Wild Burro Range.
In passing the 1971 WFRHBA, Congress stated their intent: “The principal goal of this legislation is to provide for the protection of the animals from man and not the single use management of areas for the benefit of wild free-roaming horses and burros. It is the intent of the committee that the wild free-roaming horses and burros be specifically incorporated as a component of the multiple-use plans governing the use of the public lands.” (Senate Report No. 92-242).
Q – Why doesn’t BLM eliminate livestock grazing from Herd Management Areas so wild horses and burros can have this forage?
|Last updated: 01-22-2011|
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