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BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program LogoPancake Herd Management Area Emergency Wild Horse Gather

The emergency gather concluded September 13.

Start of Gather

The BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office concluded the Pancake Herd Management Area (HMA) Emergency Wild Horse Gather on Thursday, Sept. 13.  The gather began September 12. 

Goal of Gather

The BLM gathered and removed 124 wild horses from the southern end of the HMA in south-central Nevada, about 30 miles west of Ely or 80 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nev.  The animals were at-risk of death if they remained on the range because of minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought conditions. 


An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily throughout the gather to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.  BLM staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses. On a scale from one to nine (one being poor condition and nine being extremely fat), the horses were generally a body condition score of two and three, with a few wild horses observed to be higher or lower.


Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Pancake HMA is 240-493 wild horses.  Prior to the gather, the population was 1,200-plus wild horses.  BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the on-going drought conditions.  The affected part of the HMA is within the South Sand Springs and Ike Spring/Ike Bench Use Areas which are part of the Duckwater grazing allotment. The South Sand Springs Use Area has been closed to cattle grazing since 2000 and the Ike Spring/Ike Bench has been grazed only once in 14 years.

Details of the Gather

Click here to view the gather report.


Wild horses removed from the HMA were transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev., to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program.  Animals for which there is no adoption demand 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 Ely District Office administers the Pancake HMA.

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

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