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Carson City District
Release Date: 11/13/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2013-14

BLM Concludes Wassuk Wild Horse Gather

Carson City, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office concluded the Wassuk Wild Horse Gather on Monday, November 12.  The preliminary numbers of animals gathered are 457 wild horses. Because of poor body condition of the majority of the gathered horses, along with impacts of overpopulation and drought, the horses planned to be released back to the range, including mares planned to be vaccinated with fertility control, were instead removed. The gather area was located 12 miles southeast of Yerington, Nev., and west of Walker Lake. 


The purpose of the gather was to reduce the herd populations by removing excess wild horses and to implement population growth controls to achieve or maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.


The pre-gather population estimation is 623 wild horses, and the appropriate management level (AML) for the Herd Management Area (HMA) is 110-165.  The post-gather population is approximately 170 wild horses in the Wassuk HMA.  The BLM intends to still continue with population controls and activities to achieve and maintain AML over the next 10 years by returning every two to three years to treat or re-treat mares with fertility control vaccine as well as to remove excess wild horses. 


The gathered animals were transported to the Palomino Valley Center near Reno, Nev. where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.  Horses removed from the Wassuk HMA will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.


For information about adopting a wild horse, visit


For more information, please contact Lisa Ross, BLM Carson City public affairs specialist, at 775-885-6100. 

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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