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Release Date: 10/18/16
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2017-001

BLM Concludes Pancake Emergency Water Trap Gather

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has concluded the Pancake Emergency Gather.  The BLM removed 297 excess wild horses from the Big Sand Spring Valley portion of the Pancake Herd Management Area (HMA), located about 30 miles west of Ely or 80 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nev.  The BLM removed the horses due to ongoing drought conditions.  Without emergency action, the condition of the horses was expected to deteriorate and potentially result in the death of some of the horses within a few weeks.  Hay and water were used to gather the horses.

A veterinarian was on-call during gather operations, which were conducted by a contractor. Horses removed from the range were transported to the BLM’s Indian Lakes off-range corrals, in Fallon, Nevada, to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. 

Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Pancake HMA is 240-493 wild horses.  The current population is estimated at 1,800 wild horses, based on a March 2016 population inventory.
Gather reports are posted on the BLM Ely District website at
For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at 775-289-1842 or by email at

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-18-2016