The Bureau of Land Management concluded the FY2023 Johnnie Herd Management Area Nuisance Wild Horse and Burro Gather
LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management concluded the 2023 Johnnie Herd Management Area Nuisance Wild Horse and Burro Gather in Pahrump, Nev., on August 5, 2023. The BLM gathered and removed 16 wild horses and 115 wild burros.
The purpose of the gather was response to concerns of public and animal safety. The horses and burros were crossing state highways and entering private properties, caused damage to fencing, water lines, and vegetation. The animals were also causing a safety threat to humans.
The gather was conducted in compliance with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
“The gather was critical to ensuring the health and safety of the animals, as well as humans in the area,” said Nicholas Pay, Pahrump Field Manager. “Wild horses and burros moving outside the herd management area and into populated, residential areas creates a safety issue not just for the animals, but also the people living in the area.”
The BLM transported the animals removed from the range to the Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, Calif. Upon arrival to the facility, all animals will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sales Program. Wild horses and burros 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.
Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/herd-management/gathers-and-removals/nevada-southern-nevada-do/2023-johnnie.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.