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Release Date: 02/12/10
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2010-25

BLM to Gather Wild Horses Along Highway 93

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office has issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the U.S. Highway 93 Corridor Wild Horse Gather.

The BLM will remove approximately 50 wild horses that have moved out of the Eagle and Silver King herd management areas and are hanging out along U.S. Highway 93 north of Pioche.  The BLM is aware of at least three wild horses that have been hit by vehicles, and the animals need to be removed from the area for their protection and the safety of motorists. 
The gather is expected to start on or about March 15 and continue until the wild horses residing outside the HMAs are removed.  The BLM will use corrals baited with feed and water to gather the horses.   When caught, the animals will be transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley, north of Reno, Nev., or the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Delta, Utah. 

The animals will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and treated, and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

The Hwy 93 Corridor gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the EA, which is posted on the BLM Website at  The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.

On December 28, 2009, the BLM issued for public comment the preliminary EA for the Eagle HMA Wild Horse Gather.  In that EA, the BLM proposed to gather and remove approximately 495 excess wild horses from the Eagle HMA, plus the 50 wild horses that are outside the HMA alongside U.S. Highway 93.  The BLM has since determined that there is not adequate time to safely conduct the proposed Eagle HMA gather prior to the start of foaling season and has deferred issuing a decision on the proposed gather until later this year.  The BLM will conduct further environmental analysis of the proposed Eagle HMA gather at that time and will extend additional opportunities for public comment prior to issuing a decision on the gather.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or

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.

Last updated: 02-12-2010