BLM Begins Emergency Water Trap Gather of Wild Horses near Boone Spring
ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District, Wells Field Office began an emergency wild horse gather on May 8 in the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA) to remove approximately 60 wild horses from private land near Boone Springs approximately 40 mile southwest of Wendover due to a projected lack of water this summer.
The BLM plans to use a water trap, consisting of corral panels stocked with water; no helicopters will be used. Because of the nature of the water gather method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity. In addition, the gather operations are being conducted on private land. Therefore, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the gather site during operations.
The Antelope HMA has an Appropriate Management Level (AML) of 155-259 adult wild horses. As of March 1, 2016, the BLM estimated the population at 1,013 wild horses (not including foals born this year). The BLM Wells Field Office determined that even though there has been above average amounts of precipitation this winter and spring, there are still no known water sources in the area for wild horses to obtain water later this spring and summer.
The wild horses removed from the range will be transported to the Indian Lakes Facility in Fallon, NV.
The emergency gather is expected to last approximately 2-3 weeks.
Information on the gather will be posted on BLM’s website under the Antelope HMA tab https://on.doi.gov/2ptd8hR
The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.