The Black Rock Field Office has concluded the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area emergency wild horse gather

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – On September 15, 2021, the Black Rock Field Office (BRFO) began the 2021 Jackson Mountain Emergency Wild Horse gather and concluded the operation on September 30, 2021. The gather was located on the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) located approximately 56 miles west of Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada.   

The BLM gathered and removed 527 wild horses. The purpose of the gather was to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses and burros, to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  

By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the BLM aims to protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Sierra Front-Northern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. 

The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals located in Reno, Nevada. The horses will be readied for the wild horse and burro adoption and sale program. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

To view planning documents for this gather, go to  For technical information, contact Garrett Swisher, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at (775) 623-1500.

For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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