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Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office
Release Date: 11/02/10
Contacts: Mark Struble , Public Affairs Officer , 775-885-6107
News Release No. CCD-11-09

BLM Suspending Gather of Walker Lake Band of Wild Horses

Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office, is suspending the planned late-November gather of approximately 104 wild horses currently residing south of Walker Lake on the Hawthorne Army Depot at Hawthorne, Nevada.

The suspension will give the Depot and the BLM time to fully investigate a proposal from horse advocate groups for solving immediate safety concerns of horses drifting onto U.S. Highway 95 and for the long-term maintenance of the band of horses currently on the Depot.

"BLM and the Hawthorne Army Depot wish to give full consideration to a proposal presented last week by horse advocate groups," said Terri Knutson, BLM Stillwater Field Office Manager. "We will suspend the Walker Lake portion of our Pilot Mountain herd gather to come to agreement on how to construct fencing to keep wild horses off the highway near Walker Lake and to examine their ideas for maintaining a herd on Depot property."

In February - March 2010 at least seven wild horses that drifted off the Hawthorne Army Depot were killed in vehicle accidents along highway U.S. 95 near Walker Lake, Nevada.

For more information, please call Mark Struble, BLM-Public Affairs Officer, (775) 885-6107.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89701  

Last updated: 11-03-2010