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Release Date: 08/05/10
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2010-48

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Eagle, Chokecherry, and Mt. Elinore HMA Wild Horse Gather

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Color Country (Utah) District, Cedar City Field Office; and BLM Ely (Nevada) District, Schell Field Office are seeking public comment on the Eagle, Chokecherry, and Mt. Elinore Herd Management Areas Preliminary Environmental Assessment, which addresses the need to remove approximately 748 excess wild horses from in and around these three HMAs, to bring the number of wild horses to appropriate management levels.  The HMAs are adjacent to the Nevada-Utah state line, approximately 50 miles southeast of Ely.  The proposed gather is scheduled to begin in January 2011.  The BLM will accept comments on the preliminary EA through Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010.

There are currently more than 714 wild horses in the Eagle HMA where the appropriate management level (AML) is 100-210 wild horses; 85 wild horses in the Chokecherry HMA where the AML is 30 wild horses; and 79 wild horses in the Mt. Elinore HMA where the AML is 15-25 wild horses. 

The proposed gather is needed to remove excess wild horses to help prevent further deterioration of the range, achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations.  If more than 748 wild horses are gathered, selective removal criteria would be used to return horses to the range.  Of the horses remaining on the range, BLM would conduct fertility control measures on mares and/or adjust the sex ratios of the gathered animals to be returned to the HMA to 60 percent male/40 percent female ratios.

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, attn: Mary D’Aversa, Schell Field Manager, or by e-mail to

The Eagle, Chokecherry, and Mt. Elinore Herd Management Areas Preliminary Environmental Assessment is available online at  Click on the Ely District map and then click on the EA listed “In the Spotlight.”  Printed copies are available at the BLM Color Country District Office, 176 East D.L. Sargent Drive, in Cedar City, Utah; and the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.

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.

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Last updated: 08-05-2010