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 Bitner HMA lies in the northern Washoe County, NV approximately 40 miles east of Cedarville, CA. It is located in Nevada, but administered by California. 50,500 acres are managed for wild horses.
ELEVATION: 5,600 feet to 6,900 feet
TOPOGRAPHY/VEGATATION: The Bitner Table makes up two-thirds of the area and wraps around the Massacre Lakes Basin which is a large alkali lake bed. Vegetation consists primarily of big and low sage, with an understory of bluegrass, squirreltail, needlegrass, bluebunch wheatgrass and Idaho fescue.
WILDLIFE: Wildlife consists of pronghorn, mule deer and sage grouse.
HERD SIZE: 15 to 25 head
HORSE COLORS: Blacks and bays with some piebald
SIZE OF HORSES: 14-16 hands and 900-1100 pounds
HISTORY: The horses in this area likely originated from historic ranching operations.