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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program LogoFish Lake Valley/Gold Mountain Drought-related Wild Horse Gather

Fish Lake Valley HMA gather completed on Aug. 23
Gold Mountain Gather completed on Aug. 28


The Fish Lake Valley HMA is just northwest of Dyer, in western Nevada, and encompasses about 70,000 acres of primarily BLM land. The appropriate management level (AML) for Fish Lake Valley HMA is 54 wild horses. The current estimate is 229 wild horses in the Fish Lake Valley HMA. Monitoring shows that vegetation growth is extremely limited within the HMA. Additionally, areas lower in elevation have been denuded of nearly all vegetation. Lack of vegetation is not only a problem for the wild horses, but there is occupied Bi-State Sage-grouse (BLM Sensitive Species, and Endangered Species Act Candidate Species) habitat within Fish Lake Valley HMA, with two known active leks. Additionally, public safety issues exist as wild horses often trail across highways to access limited water sources and foraging areas. Wild horses removed from Fish Lake Valley HMA will be transported to the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, Calif.

The Gold Mountain HMA is about 3 miles south of Gold Point, in southwestern Nevada, and encompasses approximately 100,000 acres of primarily BLM land.  The AML for the Gold Mountain HMA is currently 0 wild horses and 78 burros. The estimated wild horse population within the Gold Mountain HMA is 33 horses and 1 mule. Monitoring shows that the only known perennial water source in the Gold Mountain HMA is nearly dry, and has completely dried in previous years, resulting in horse deaths. Additionally, because horses are reliant on a single water source, they are unable to venture far from that water. Horses removed from the Gold Mountain HMA will be transported to the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, UT.

Decision and Gather Plan

Agency Expectations to Ensure Safe and Humane Handling of All Gathered Wild Horses

Other Pages of Interest

Check out the "About the HMA", "Documents and Maps" and "Photos" pages, in the right navigation  box.

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email


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