Nevada Wild Horses & Burros

Minimum Feasible Management

Under the 1971 WFRHBA, BLM is required to manage horses and burros as wild-land species and not as domestic livestock. The agency does not haul supplemental feed to the animals, but may haul water in cases of extreme drought or fire. In managing the animals, BLM uses the minimum feasible level of management necessary to achieve healthy populations of horses and burros in balance with other uses and the land’s capability. 

This direction is consistent with Congress’ intent in passing the 1971 WFRHBA (refer to Senate Conference Report 92-242) which states: “An intensive management program of…physical care would destroy the very concept this legislation seeks to preserve.” In effect, the animals should be left alone to fend for themselves.