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Release Date: 09/17/10
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2010-058

BLM Reschedules Silver King Herd Management Area Gather

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Caliente and Schell field offices are moving the planned-for starting date for the Silver King Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather to Sept. 24, due to contractor delays. The gather was scheduled to begin on or about Sept. 19.

The BLM will gather and remove approximately 546 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA in Lincoln County, about 90 miles south of Ely, Nev.

The gathered animals will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev. and Delta Wild Horse Corrals in Delta, Utah, where they 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 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 BLM estimates there are more than 600 wild horses in the gather area and any horses gathered above targeted removal numbers will be released back to the HMA so that the remaining population is within the appropriate management level (AML) range of 60-128. The mares released back to the range would be vaccinated with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine.

The gather, removal and fertility control are intended to slow population growth, maintain population size within the appropriate management levels and extend the time before another gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed. Additionally, adjustment of sex ratios of the gathered animals to be returned to the HMAs may be made to 60 percent male/40 percent female ratios.

The BLM has tentatively scheduled two observation days — Tuesday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 5 — to provide the media and public opportunities to view gather activities. The dates are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations. These will be the only two observation days offered for this gather based on gather site location accessibility. For more information or to sign up, call Chelsey Falge, BLM Ely District administrative clerk, at (775) 289-1800. The BLM will also regularly post gather information on its website at:

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.

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Last updated: 09-21-2010