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Stone Cabin Complex Wild Horse Gather is Completed

Stone Cabin Complex trap site adoption

Saturday, February 18

Seven colts and four fillies will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals through the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
Contact the Tonopah Field Office, 775-482-7800, for adoption applications. Applications and holding facilities must be approved in advance of the adoption day.
Public viewing will start at 9 a.m., adopting will begin at 10 a.m., and will end at 12 p.m.
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For more information:
Contact Dustin Hollowell, phone: 775-482-7847, cell: 775-316-6820

Goal of Gather:

The BLM’s goal is to manage for healthy populations of wild horses within the Stone Cabin and Saulsbury HMAs and ensure healthy rangelands. To accomplish these goals, the Tonopah Field Office (TFO) is proposing to conduct a wild horse gather to achieve the Appropriate Management Level (AML) through removal of excess wild horses, and implement population controls. Fertility control and sex ratio adjustment would be applied in order to slow population growth, maintain wild horse population levels below the established AML, and reduce or eliminate the numbers of wild horses that would need to be removed from the range in future years, particularly older animals that would have to be maintained in Long Term Pastures.

Details of the Gather:

Under the BLMs Proposed Action, the project would involve gathering 80-95 percent of the existing population of 752 wild horses. This would result in a post gather population of 247 wild horses after removing approximately 505 excess wild horses from inside and outside of HMA boundaries. The established AML in the Stone Cabin Complex is 404 wild horses. Approximately 80 mares would be treated with the fertility control PZP-22, which could reduce foaling rates for up to two years, at which time normal fertility rates would resume. The sex ratio of the released wild horses would be adjusted to allow for 60% studs and 40% mares on the range. The proposed gather would be completed in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) located in Appendix A.

More detail is available by accessing the Documents and Maps link in the right column. Public observations days will be scheduled and announced with details about the media and the public attending the gather.


Excess wild horses and burros removed from the range are offered for adoption to qualified people through the BLM’s Adopt-a-Horse or Burro Program. Potential adopters must have the proper facilities and financial means to care for an adopted animal, and we always hope that they have experience working with a wild horse or burro, which will help ensure the gentling process.

During the first year, the government retains title to the animal(s), and will conduct compliance checks throughout the year in an effort to ensure as much as possible that the animal is properly being cared for and has gone to a good home. At the end of the first year, if the adopter has complied with all the adoption stipulations and has properly cared for their mustang or burro for one year, he or she is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government.

The BLM has placed nearly 225,000 wild horses and burros into private care since the adoption program began in 1971. To apply to adopt a wild horse or burro on-line, please go to the BLM's adoption website at: If you are interested in adopting directly from one of the BLM's holding facilities, please visit the agency's facilities page. For more information about the BLM’s Adopt-A-Horse or Burro program, please visit, or you may call 1-866-468-7826 with any questions about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The Tonopah Field Office may hold a small trap-site adoption event in conjunction with the Stone Cabin Complex gather if enough interest is received by the public. If you are interested in adopting at such an event, contact Dustin Hollowell, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at 775-482-7847, or e-mail to the Stone Cabin Complex Gather address, using the subject line “ADOPTION”.

Latest News:

For BLM news releases and statements issued about Stone Cabin Complex, check our Newsroom.


The proposed gather area includes the Stone Cabin HMA, the Saulsbury HMA and areas outside of designated HMA boundaries in the Ralston, Hunts Canyon, Monitor and Reveille grazing allotments on public lands administered by the TFO.

The Stone Cabin HMA is located approximately 30 miles east of Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada, and includes Stone Cabin Valley, both north and south of Nevada State Highway 6, bordering the Nevada Test and Training Range and the Nevada Wild Horse Range to the south. The Saulsbury HMA is divided into 2 parcels. The southern unit of the HMA is located immediately west of the Stone Cabin HMA, south of Highway 6. This southern portion is bordered to the east by the Stone Cabin HMA and to the south by Nellis Test and Training Range. The northern parcel of Saulsbury HMA is north of Highway 6, and is bordered to the east by U.S. Forest Service Administered lands and the Monitor Wild Horse Territory (WHT).

Refer to the figures 1 and 2 which display HMA boundaries and the proposed gather area. The Stone Cabin Complex was last gathered in January 2007. Refer to the documents in the column to the right for more information under Documents and Maps

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

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