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Nevada State Office
Release Date: 12/31/09
Contacts: Heather Emmons , 775-861-6594 ,
News Release No. 2010-06

Calico Wild Horse Gather

Reno, Nev. — A contractor hired by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District successfully gathered 140 wild horses in the Calico Mountains Complex north of Gerlach, Nev., during the first three days of the operation. Most of the wild horses being brought in are in good condition and are being transported to a short-term holding facility.
The BLM euthanized one animal, a 20 plus year-old mare in poor body condition, after consulting with an on-site veterinarian who determined the animal had little chance for improved health.
The BLM is providing escort to the media and the public to visit the gather. Members of the public that wish to go to the gather may call Lisa Ross at the Winnemucca District, 775-623-1541 or e-mail to sign up. People may also visit the short-term holding facility. The facility is privately owned and the BLM will offer access to the public during the gather. Initially, access will be provided Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who would like to visit the facility may call the BLM at 775-861-6586 for more information.
Go to the BLM website at for information, updates on the status of the gather and gather photos.
The BLM plans to keep 600 to 900 wild horses in the Calico Complex. To reach that number, the BLM will need to remove 2,500 excess wild horses from the Complex. The five herd management areas that comprise the Complex include: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range and Warm Springs Canyon. The gather is expected to continue into late February.

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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Last updated: 06-10-2015