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State Herd Area: Coppersmith HMA, California

In 1971, wild horses and burros were found roaming across 53.8 million acres of Herd Areas (HAs), of which 42.4 million acres were under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction. Today the BLM manages wild horses and burros in subsets of these HAs, known as Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that comprise 31.6 million acres, of which 26.9 million acres are under BLM management.

The Coppersmith HMA is located 30 miles southeast of Cedarville, CA in Lassen County, CA and Washoe County, NV. 70,500 acres are managed for wild horses


ELEVATION: 5,000 feet to 8,000 feet


TOPOGRAPHY/VEGATATION:       The topography consists of rough and steep rocky tablelands. Dominant vegetation includes Juniper, bitterbrush, big and low sage with bluegrass and an understory of squirreltail, Idaho fescue and needlegrasses.


WILDLIFE: Dominant wildlife in the area includes pronghorn, mule deer, sage grouse, chukar and quail.


HERD SIZE:    50 - 75 head


HORSE COLORS:      Bay, Black and Brown


SIZE OF HORSES:     14-16 hands and 900-1100 pounds


HISTORY:       This area contains horses thought to originate from Spanish stock diluted with ranch stock and US Cavalry remounts prior to and during World War I. Many of the horses in this area have characteristics common to Morgans and Quarter Horses.


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