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Carson City District
Release Date: 07/25/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6607 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2012-44

BLM Seeking Comments on Proposed Wassuk Wild Horse Gather Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office has drafted the preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Wassuk Wild Horse Gather. The BLM is proposing to gather 498 wild horses and remove approximately 400 excess wild horses from the range. The gather area is located 12 miles southeast of Yerington, Nev., and west of Walker Lake. The public is invited to comment on the plan through August 25, 2012.

According to the proposal, approximately 98 wild horses would be released back onto the range following the gather depending on gather efficiency. Of these, about 39 mares would be vaccinated with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine which would assist with slowing population growth, maintaining population size within the Appropriate Management Level (AML), and extend the time before another gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed. This would leave a post-gather population of approximately 321 wild horses in the Wassuk Herd Management Area (HMA), which is above the AML range of 110-165, at the conclusion of the gather operations.

The BLM intends to continue with population control activities over the next 10 years by returning every 2-3 years to re-treat mares with fertility control vaccine as well as to remove excess wild horses as proposed in this EA within the Wassuk HMA area.

The proposed wild horse gather for the Wassuk HMA is scheduled to begin in September 2012.

Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at:

Interested individuals may send written comments to BLM Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701, Attn: Linda Appel, or you can e-mail comments to Comments may also be sent via fax to 775-885-6147.

For further information please contact Linda Appel at 775-885-6010.

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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