Bureau of Land Management Concludes the 2020 Fish Creek Wild Horse Gather
BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. – On January 3, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain District, Mount Lewis Field Office concluded the 2020 Fish Creek Wild Horse Gather on the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) located near Eureka, Nevada. Approximately 105 wild horses remain within the Complex.
The BLM gathered 198 and removed 135 wild horses. A total of 63 horses were released back onto the range. 30 mares identified for release were treated with the fertility control vaccine PZP-22 to slow the population growth rate of the remaining population within the HMAs. PZP-22 is a temporary fertility-control vaccine that can prevent pregnancy in wild horses for 1-2 years.
Fish Creek HMA encompasses over 250,000 acres of public land and has an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 107-180 wild horses. A helicopter survey conducted in December 2019, documented 240 wild horses within and directly outside of the Fish Creek HMA.
By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the BLM aims to protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.
The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the BLM Bruneau Off Range Wild Horse Corrals southeast of Boise. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/x78rK.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.