Goal of Emergency Gather:
This emergency gather is needed to save the lives of wild horses in the Cold Creek area of the Wheeler Pass Herd Management Area (HMA), which is about 30 miles west of Las Vegas.
A visual assessment of the current body condition of the herd by a licensed vet and experienced BLM staff has established a need to gather and provide emergency actions to approximately 200 head of Wild and Free Roaming Horses located on the public lands.
Our goal is to help as many horses as we can. Many of the animals are in very poor condition, and we do not expect the situation to improve any time soon. Without emergency action, the condition of the Cold Creek horses is expected to further deteriorate.
Details of the Gather:
BLM plans to humanely and gradually gather approximately 200 wild horses through the use of a bait trap gather to minimize stress on individual animals. They will be trailered a short distance to a temporary holding facility at BLM’s Oliver Ranch and will be provided a veterinarian assessment and free access to water and hay.
Once the horses are strong enough to travel, they will be transported to the BLM’s off-range corrals and be made available for adoption, sale, or moved to off-range holding pastures.
For more information on adopting a wild horse or burro, click here.
For BLM news releases and statements issued check our Newsroom.
This gather is being conducted because an assessment of the body condition of the herd determined that much of the herd is in critical condition due to lack of forage (water is not an issue). The herd has been stressed for 4 years due to on-going drought. Currently mares and foals are in condition score 2 on the Henneke Body Condition Score, which means they are emaciated, malnourished and in dire condition (The lowest score is 1, which is emaciated and the highest score is 9, which is obese). The extended drought conditions this year have severely limited available food. The herd is traveling upwards of 10 miles per-day and is resorting to feeding on vegetation like Joshua Tree and desert shrub species. The determination is that without an emergency gather, there will be significant die off.
|These two photos show the current body condition of the mares and foals, which is a 2 on the Henneke Body Condition Score.|
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email email@example.com.