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State Herd Area: Wall Canyon HMA, Nevada

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 Wall Canyon HMA is located 46 miles east of Cedarville, CA. The area lies in both Washoe and Humboldt Counties of Nevada. 49,000 acres are managed for wild horses.  It is located in Nevada, and administered by California BLM.


ELEVATION: 5,500 feet to 6,500 feet


TOPOGRAPHY/VEGATATION: Topography consists of rolling hills and plateaus dissected by a few perennial creeks. Major vegetation species are low and big sage with bluegrass, squirreltail and needlegrass in the understory.


WILDLIFE: Mule deer, pronghorn antelope and sage grouse are the dominant wildlife species in the area.


HERD SIZE: 15 to 25 head


HORSE COLORS: Black and Bay with some piebalds


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


HISTORY: The wild horses in this area likely originated from historical ranching stock.


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