SPRUCE - PEQUOP HERD MANAGEMENT AREA
The Spruce-Pequop HMA is located approximately 40 miles south of Wells, Nevada.
The area is 138,000 acres in size and is 19 miles wide at its widest point and
is 25 miles
long. The highest point is Spruce Mountain at 10,262 feet and the lowest points
found in the valley bottoms and range around 5,000 feet. Average precipitation
approximately 7 inches on the valley bottoms and from 14 to 20 inches on the
slopes. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter months when the plants
dormant and this creates the cold-temperate desert of which Spruce-Pequop is a
Temperatures can be extreme. They range from a high of about 100 degrees F in
summer months to a low of -15 degrees F in the winter.
The Spruce-Pequop Herd Management Area (HMA) has an appropriate management
level (AML) of 82 wild horses. The predominate colors among the Spruce-Pequop
horses are solid colors such as bays, sorrels, dark brown and black. However a
significant number of grullas, buckskins and duns can be found, along with a few
white horses as well. The Spruce-Pequop horses were about average size for
with the height usually being 14.2 to 15 hands.
The vegetation consists of mainly sagebrush with an understorey of grasses on
bottoms and the upland vegetation contains a variety of shrubs such as
serviceberry, bitterbrush and mountain big sage. At the highest elevations
trees such as
white fir, limber pine and bristlecone can be found. Wild horses must share
habitat with domestic livestock and wildlife species such as mule deer, elk, and
pronghorn antelope in the Spruce-Pequop HMA.