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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Warm Springs Wild Horse Gather

The Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in southeast Oregon's Harney County. The northern boundary of the 475,000+ acre HMA is located 20 miles southwest of Burns, Oregon. State Highway 205 lies along the eastern edge of the HMA.

Warm Springs Wrap-Up

The Warm Springs Wild Horse Gather ended Nov. 13 and we created a wrap-up video that has the final facts and figures along with some photos from the actual gather.

    Goal of Gather

    Warm Springs Gather

    Our overall goal is for the range to achieve or maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.

    The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Warm Springs herd is 111 to 202 wild horses and burros. The estimated population of wild horses and burros in the HMA in April 2010 was 341 horses and 14 to 30 burros based on a direct-count, aerial population survey (see Appendix D of the Environmental Analysis under "More Information," above right). Analysis of these data indicates an average annual growth rate of 20 percent since the last gather. The estimated population size of the wild horses, including the entire 2010 foal crop would be approximately 361 head by the time of the scheduled gather.

    Details of the Gather

    YESTERDAY'S GATHER STATS
    Animals Gathered Animal Deaths
    0
    0
    *GATHER COMPLETED 11/13/2010
    CUMULATIVE STATS SINCE 11/02/10
    Animals Gathered Animal Deaths
    281
    3 (gather related),
    6 (non-gather related)

    Warm Springs GatherThe Proposed Action is to gather approximately 361 wild horses (100 percent of the population) in the late fall of 2010, and approximately 265 excess wild horses would be removed from the Warm Springs HMA. Approximately 96 wild horses (43 mares, 43 studs, and 10 geldings) would be returned to the HMA at completion of the gather, leaving a post gather population of approximately 96 head of wild horses and 15 head of burros which is the lower level of the AML. This alternative would include administering PZP to the mares, determining sex, age, and color, assessing herd health pregnancy/parasite loading/physical condition, etc.), monitoring results as appropriate, sorting individuals as to age, size, sex, temperament and/or physical condition, and returning selected animals, primarily in the 6- to 10-year age group. This would ensure a vigorous and diverse breeding population, reduce stress on vegetative communities and wildlife, and be in compliance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and land use plans.

    It is anticipated one to three capture sites (traps) will be used to capture wild horses from the HMA. Trap site corrals will typically be approximately 800 square feet. With secondary disturbance areas such as trap wings, total surface disturbance will be approximately 2,400 square feet (0.05-acre) per trap site. Trap wing configuration will vary, depending on terrain and materials. Trap sites will be selected during the gather operations. Traps are built as close to the horse's location as possible.

    Adoption

    Animals removed from the HMA will be available for adoption from Oregon's Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, online at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse, and/or at several special adoption events in the next year. "Appy Days," an adoption specifically for the Warm Springs horses, will be held in February at Oregon's Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines. The Warm Springs mustangs generally have physical characteristics of the domestic saddle horse variety. They are heavier muscled horses with good dispositions. Genetic analysis determined similarity with Old World Iberian breeds followed by North American Gaited Breeds.

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